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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 25th, 2012, 10:51 pm 
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Gonocephalus liogaster, found this morning. Gotta love their almost ridiculous belief in their camouflage: not only didn't he fail to react to my messing around with the photo bag & gear right next to his tree, but he also let me get as close as my 100mm lens would allow it - about two inches - and still believed I wouldn't see him. These are all full photos - no cropping involved.

Of course, when I tried to grab him by the tail after the photo shoot, he gained twelve feet of altitude in a spectacular hurry :-)

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 25th, 2012, 11:10 pm 
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I'm in agreement here - stunning eyes.

... maybe a close second is Gekko smithii?


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 25th, 2012, 11:21 pm 
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Oh yeah - the Map-Eyed Gecko :-) They occur in Borneo, too, but I've never seen them. I'll definitely have to ask around for their exact range.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 25th, 2012, 11:39 pm 
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Oh, now you've done it - this is gonna make "ol' blue eyes" roll over in his grave! :lol:

Seriously good photos of a seriously beautiful lizard Hans... :beer:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 26th, 2012, 6:24 pm 
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Besides its eyes, those spine-like projections in its back are crazy.. :crazyeyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 26th, 2012, 6:46 pm 
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That blue is amazing! Nice shots.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 26th, 2012, 6:53 pm 
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It looks like a meth freak.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 27th, 2012, 11:55 pm 
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Fantastic, Hans. Love those incredible eyes!

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 28th, 2012, 8:45 am 
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Stunning!!! Borneo truly is a land of surprises!


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PostPosted: June 28th, 2012, 8:46 am 
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Are these eyes typical for this species or is this a rare mutation? If this is typical what is the function of such bright eyes? Attracting mates perhaps?


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #44: The Coolest Eyes in LizardDom
PostPosted: June 28th, 2012, 3:43 pm 
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Thanks, guys! The eyes are regular, hence the common name "Blue-eyed Angle-headed Lizard". I, too, have often asked myself what the color might be for....courtship, probably? Only the males have blue eyes, AFAIK.


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PostPosted: June 29th, 2012, 4:29 pm 
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That mosquito must also believe in its own camouflage. Beautiful lizard!

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