A few days in the NC

A few days in the NC

Postby Chris89 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:59 pm

Spent a few days in the Southern kalahari.
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Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi
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Chamaeleo dilepsis dilepsis
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Chondrodactylus bibronii
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Colopus wahlbergii whalbergii
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Geochelone pardalis
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Psammobates oculifer
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Psammophis trinasalis
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Ptenopus garrulus garrulus
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Trachylepsis spilogaster
Please correct any misidentifications!
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby nvlooi » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:52 pm

Stunning pics!
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Thanks for sharing.

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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:32 am

Awesome finds! That Colopus is really special. We don't see that too often.

Does anyone know why they are not grouped with Pachydactylus? Because there is no denying the similarities.

This might be a bit of a dispute, but I do think your Chondro is C turneri and not C. bibronni. What's the other opinions?

Cheers and thanx for sharing. I really enjoyed this post!
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Great finds! I always find it rather disturbing how I've grown up in Northern Cape and there is so many species I have yet to see!
I love the Ptenopus garrulus garrulus (normal name???) and because I'm a lady I may say he is "suuuper cute"! and add a "Awwww!"
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:51 pm

Carla, it's a Common Barking Gecko, and you should find them in those red dunes around Upington.

Just take a few beers and a 4x4, drive out on a windless night and sit in the peace and quiet, listening to the geckos "talking."

Ahhh, now that's bliss!
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby TH » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:33 pm

Great post with a number of species that I would love to see myself... :-D

When you say "southern Kalahari", which sort of area are you referring to...? Nothing too specific - just perhaps a large town name in the basic vicinity. I'm just not sure exactly what area you are meaning with this...
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby CarlaSmit87 » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:20 pm

Oh okay I believe I have heard them, there is a little piece of veld very close to my parents house and remembering when I was small I asked my dad what made the sound and he said gecko's. But I never could find one, when you get close they stop making a sound. Have to start looking closer I guess.

@ TH: Well biggest "dorpie" would be Upington, and surrounds like Kakamas, Keimoes, Kathu, Postmasburg, Groblershoop (All the places where everyone is "half done :smt004 " because of the heat)
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Chris89 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:49 pm

Hi, sorry for the late response!

Westley and TH, the identification of the chondro was based on location, well within the limits of bibronii i believe but please correct me if i'm wrong. The confusion was probably caused by my use of the word 'kalahari'. all the specimens were photographed in the witsand nature reserve south of olifantshoek. not the typical kalahari but part of the greater system?

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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Fooble » Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:36 pm

Jealous! That Colopus wahlbergii sure is something special! A rare gecko indeed!

Im curious though Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi where did you see that listed i've never heard of that?
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Adriaan » Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:31 am

Typhlosaurus lineatus has been elevated to A. kgalagadi kgalagadi. The Acontinae occuring within South Africa now compromise of only two genera: Acontias and Typhlosaurus.
Microacontias and Acontophiops ( now Acontias riepelli) does not exist any more. See Lamb et al 2010.
In my opinion this is A. kgalagadi kgalagadi.
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Fooble » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:39 am

Adriaan wrote:Typhlosaurus lineatus has been elevated to A. kgalagadi kgalagadi. The Acontinae occuring within South Africa now compromise of only two genera: Acontias and Typhlosaurus.
Microacontias and Acontophiops ( now Acontias riepelli) does not exist any more. See Lamb et al 2010.
In my opinion this is A. kgalagadi kgalagadi.


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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Daniellouw » Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:56 am

One day when I grow up, I also want to take pictures like these!!
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Chris89 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:06 pm

and a few more from spring..
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Rhinotyphlops lalandei
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Acontias kgalagadi kgalagadi
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Agama aculeata aculeata
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Ptenopus garrulus maculatus
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Pachydactylus rugosus
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Opistopthalmus carinatus
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Parabuthus sp. Need some help on this one. Raudus or mosammbicensis? found burrowing under a stone on deep sand under a tree.
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Scorpion » Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:01 am

YAY ... I was just going to say, what no scorps ...then saw the pics of the scorps :) ... I think that Parabuthus species raudus
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Re: A few days in the NC

Postby Chris89 » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:48 pm

Found some old pics from this trip. Has anyone tried this? lots of fun if done responsibly! some bones from the braai tied onto a rope, empty tin can tied on the other end and left on a table next to where you're sleeping. make sure the beasties don't take off with whole set up!!!! Whatevers scavenging around at night might wake you up for a few photos..
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Small spotted genet. pillow on my stretcher at bottom left, these guys have balls
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Genet tug of war
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Not happy, note the erectile hair along it's back
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