Another few herps from Turkey

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Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Thomas Bader » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:15 am

Our trip report has finally been finished. I hope you like it:

http://www.herpetofauna.at/berichte/index.php

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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:54 am

Yes, I like it!!! Great Job!!!
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Bobby Bok » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:33 am

What a trip and what a cool species you have found!
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Gabriel Martínez » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:20 am

Very nice trip Thomas! For me the best of the trip is the "viper designed" Hemorrhois ravergieri, really cool and amazing. Of course also the lebetina, the adult insignitus, the Eirenis species, the Spalerosophis is very dark and nice, the adult Ommatotriton vittatus, the female jugularis with juvenile design, the Neurergus strauchi so similar to fire salamanders, the young Pseudopus, the jugularis with the orange head...many interesting species, congratulations!!
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:21 pm

I want to go...
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Thomas Bader » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:31 pm

Thank's guys - the area, where we travelled, is absolutely a "no go" for beach tourists. All recent Turkish herp - reports I have read, treated more or less the area covered in the book of Franzen et al. Our westernmost visited area (Göksü Delta) contained more or less the species covered in this book. But a bit more to the East where so many distribution borders in terms of Herpetofauna exist - like the Anatolian diagonal, the Syrian Fracture zone or the Euphrates, lime stone changes with volcanic rocks etc. - you can find completely different species mixture within a very limited area. Unfortunately we couldn't manage to go to the Tigris area, which should be a bit more natural than the Euphrates (but how long?), - Timon princeps is on my personal wish list.

I guess our species list is not 100% complete and if you check, how many species we missed, it is really a shame. Unfortunately time was the limiting factor and we didn't want to miss neither Neurergus nor Cappadocia... And we had really bad (heavy rain) weather for some days, which of course is not only bad, but for two days we could hardly find anything. I can only recommend the area - people are friendly, food tastes well and beer is also ok. Prices are cheap except for fuel (for those, who cannot understand the German text)

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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Peter Oefinger » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:42 am

great report, Thomas - and no visum necessary for me ;)
The Apathya is amazing!
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby Wouter Beukema » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:53 am

Fantastic! Wonderful Neurergus and Apathya indeed! Too bad about the adult Salamandra!
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Re: Another few herps from Turkey

Postby GertJan Verspui » Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:19 pm

It took some time to see the whole report, very.....great..
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