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Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2010-03
Categorias: Reptiles
Câmara: Nikon D300, Nikkor 105mm f2.8 Macro
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Horia's favorite photos [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2010-03-25 13:59
Visto: 4311
Favoritos: 3 [ver]
Pontos: 32
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
Crested Gecko
(Rhacodactylus ciliatus)

Once thought to be exctinct several years ago the crested gecko was recently rediscover.

The New Caledonian Crested Gecko has hair-like projections found above the eyes, resembling eyelashes. It has a wedge shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail. The toes and the tip of the tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling.

The New Caledonian Crested Gecko has many naturally occurring color groups, some of which include: grey, brown, red, orange, and yellow of various shades. They have variable markings, which include spots, straight stripes, and tiger-like stripes. The markings and coloration are not geographic indicators; offspring of the same clutch may display differing coloration and markings. The colors are brighter and more prominent at night.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2010-03-25 14:15]

Hello Paul,
This is a very exclusive photo. What a fascinating head, funny too. The colours are splendid and the sharpness fantastic. The details in the eyes are amazing. Great frontal POV.

Hello Paul,
Very impressive portrait of this Crested Gecko. Fantastic eyes with amazing details. Colours and sharpness are perfect! Great job! Cheers,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2739 W: 280 N: 4918] (19857)
  • [2010-03-25 19:41]
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Hello Paul,
From your title I have a hunch your referring to the creature in (The Lord Of The Rings) If so, I must say the resemblance is certainly there.
A great shot showing super fine detail and beautiful colors. Perfect exposure allowing us to view it's amazing facial features. Great work!!!

Impressionnante photo. On dirait un dragon. Quelles couleurs, quel contraste et surtout quelle netteté. Superbe. Rudy

Hi There Paul,

Wow! Fascinating photo you have here. The gecko is smiling on the camera. Very fine capture. Beautiful. :-)



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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-26 1:44]

Wonderful portrait with amazing details and colors, an interesting animal too.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2010-03-26 2:50]

Hi Paul
It is a good shot of this smiling gecko. It poses like a movie star.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-03-26 7:29]

Hi Paul,
very beautiful and very sharp image presented here. You had given a neat and detailed view in great style. The pattern is so stunning and the cdontrast is well shown.
Congratulations, and i see all your images are superb.


Hello Paul,
a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness and incredible detail, fantastic colours with a very good contrast against the green BG, excellent POV, DOF and composition
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

hello Paul
this is a BEAUTY of a Gecko,with great macro and good details
beautiful colours and very good light
super picture!!
greeting lou

Best regards.Alin.

Hallo Paul
I can say much more than a wonderful macro, but I'll leave it to it, as I am sure you know it is a wonderful macro. It is almost like looking through a telescope, it is so clear and blameless. It is excellent. Perfect photography in all aspects. If I say more, I am going to tell you that I am terribly jealous, and that I envy you, but I won't tell you that. Everything in this image is first class and worth a huge A+. Thanks for sharing this big eyed Crested Gecko. Best regards.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-04-13 10:24]

Hi Paul
Waw...amazing shot this great portrait!
What a beautiful shot!
Perfect sharp details and lovely colors.
I like the very good BG.
Uimitoare captura!

amazing (as usual), greetings Ori

this is an incredible portrait shot, awesome detail and sharpness...and he looks like he is smiling for the camera..well done

Hello Paul, how are you? Nice to find you around.
You have a wonderful gallery. It is a pleasure to look at your work.
All of them are wonderful, but I had to vote this one.
It is a extramundi picture, it really looks like a being from outer space :)
Best regards, Felipe.

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