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Biodiversity I - Reptiles

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a collaboration between multiple natural history, botanical and research libraries (including Smithsonian Libraries), which officially began in 2006 as an effort to make the vast collection resources digitally available to the public. Now, BHL has curated over a hundred thousand open-access images, making it easy for anyone, anywhere to appreciate the astounding biodiversity of our planet. Since I am in a similar effort on behalf of the cultural heritage of Burgaz Island, I tried to compile the documents related to Burgazada in the library under the following headings. You can access all the books and articles I mentioned as a source at

I) Reptiles II) Plants III) Bird Watching IV) Bird Migration V) Geology VI) Earthquake

REPTILES Source I Die Reptilien- und Amphibienfauna von Kleinasien Werner, Franz Josef Maria Wien : K.-K. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei in Kommission bei A. H©lder, 1902 A book about reptiles and amphibian fauna in Anatolia (Asia Minor) by the Austrian zoologist explorer Franz Werner in 1902. You can find more information about the author at the link below: Lacerta Serpa Rafinesque The list of female lizards measured in Oxia/Sivriada, Antigoni/Burgaz Island and Platia/Yassıada in terms of millimeters according to their body parts, which I translated below. vorderbein = frontleg hinterbein = hindleg total lange = total long kopflange = head length kopfbreite = head width kopfhöhe = head height schnauze = snout schnauzenspitze bis halsband = snout to collar halsband bis after = collar to tail schwanz = tail

Explanations of the tables about the drawings.

For Burgaz Island see Table (Tafel) 1 Figure (Fig) 5 - Lacerta Serpa (Gender Male) Antigoni Island, Marmara Sea

Figure 5 - Lacerta Serpa (Gender Male). A male lizard spotted and drawn in Burgaz Island. This is one of the rare images of my research. Maybe it's the grandfather of one of the lizards we see every day on the island. Hope to take care of their grandchildren.

Table 1,2,3

Helix (Xerophila) Variabilis

Another reptile I came across in Franz Werner's book was the snail. It was seen in Yassıada and Burgaza Island of the Prince Islands.

The snail drawings belonging to the Helix genus are shown in Table 1, Figure 2-7 and Table 2, Figure 2-6.

Table 1 Figure 2-7

Table 2 Figure 2-6

Helix: Spriral Line, Curve

Source II Taxonomische Untersuchungen an Türkischen Inselformen von Cyrtodactylus kotschyi (Steindachner 1870) Teil I: Die Populationen der nördlichen Ägäis, des Marmarameeres und des Schwarzen Meeres (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) Baran, Ibrahim - Gruber, U Spixiana. München: Zoologische Staatssammlung München, 1981

This book is about the population and the types of  Cyrtodactylus kotschyi lizard species in Turkey written by Prof.Dr. İbrahim Baran and Dr. U.Gruber in 1981. You can find more information about Prof.Dr. İbrahim Baran at the following link:

Cyrtodactylus Kotschyi

Map showing the islands where the study was conducted.

List of numbered islands on the map. Number 19 is in Burgaz Island.

Population related calculations and graphs.

The series will continue with plants ...

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