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inspired by Suz

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Category: Herpetofauna Native to the UK
Forum Name: Palmate Newt
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Topic: inspired by Suz
Posted By: will
Subject: inspired by Suz
Date Posted: 21 Apr 2014 at 5:59pm
I'm enjoying those palmate pics, Suz - made me want to take some of my own.  I live near some woodland that has several decent (ie shady, acidic) palmate ponds.  These were released within a few minutes of having their photos taken; one female was a beautiful mix of gold and green marbling.

Marbled female

male in his finery


close-up pair

male with typically square cross-section

Posted By: Richard2
Date Posted: 22 Apr 2014 at 11:29am

Posted By: GemmaJF
Date Posted: 22 Apr 2014 at 2:04pm
They are lovely Will Thumbs Up

Posted By: will
Date Posted: 22 Apr 2014 at 3:17pm
thanks guys, one female palmate in particular was beautifully marked and genuinely had a golden ground colour to her.

Posted By: Suzy
Date Posted: 22 Apr 2014 at 11:58pm
Lovely Will. So much better to get the light on their sides through glass, shows up all their markings. The tail filament also looks very good. Many of mine just look light mud coloured when photographed from above.


Posted By: will
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2014 at 6:50am
thanks Suz, the ones from the shadier ponds seem to have more marbling to them, I think, whereas the ones which come from ponds with sandy substrates are paler and more uniform in colour. This could be because individuals can change colour to a degree but also some natural selection for basic colouration I think.

Posted By: Tom Omlette
Date Posted: 23 Apr 2014 at 12:06pm
awesome shots will


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