Working at Gümüşhane University Kelkit Health Services Vocational School Medical Services and Techniques Department, Dr. Lecturer Muammer Kurnaz contacted him after the photograph of a lizard shared by nature photographer Bülent Karadağ on his social media account caught his attention.
Kurnaz learned from Montenegro that the photo was taken in the Yazihan district of Malatya, and Res. Asst. See. Dr. He went to the region to investigate with Mehmet Kürşat Şahin.
Kurnaz and Şahin, as a result of their morphological and molecular studies, named the lizard “Acanthodactylus iliaz”, which they consider as a new species in the “Acanthodactylus” group known as comb-toed lizards.
Kurnaz told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are working on the species in Yazichan district of Malatya.
The first example in the field Crafty those who had difficulty, “After capturing example, we observed that there is something different we look at the first properties. We understand that this is a different kind of those in Turkey. A new kind of turned out to be for the world with subsequent morphological and molecular studies.” he spoke.
Kurnaz stated that the spread and number of comb-toed lizard species in Anatolia is very limited and they are represented by 3 species, and that Acanthodactylus ibazazi is only seen between Koşar and Boztepe villages in the Yazihan district of Malatya.
“It needs to be investigated further”
Known for his work in the field, Prof. Dr. Kurnaz stated that they named it “Acanthodactylus apikazi” after Çetin Ilgaz, and our article on the discovery of a new species, which we named “Acanthodactylus irikazi”, was accepted and published by the Journal of Wildlife and Biodiversity, an internationally respected journal in the field. and then it should be explored in nearby provinces. ” he spoke.
Kurnaz pointed out the biological diversity and richness of Anatolia and said:
“Was in 2012-2013 in amphibian and reptile numbers in Turkey 157. Our 183rd our species. After coming more and more. It will probably rise to this number 185. Because this is actually a beginning. He had not been to Anatolia to the north. In just limit Species belonging to this genus were spreading in Sanliurfa and in a small place between Adana and Hatay. New studies to be conducted in this way may reveal that they have spread in even more areas, in the inner parts of Anatolia.