The biota of Antalya province

We did see a variety of fauna and flora in our treks among the ruins of southern Turkey, but without appropriate field guides, I don’t know exactly what we were seeing.

An assortment of invertebrates…some bright, beautiful, and strange.

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Some reptiles in unexpected places, sunning among the ruins…

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Birds were shy and hid in the bushes. This jay came down out of his tree to get a drink; it’s hardly a photogenic shot, but I’ll take what I can get.

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Goats were as common on the coastline shore as the cats were in the ruins at Ephesus and in Turkish cities. They have eaten whatever is edible and left a highly overgrazed landscape in many places. What I learned from watching their early morning activities is that goats can survive by drinking seawater.

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Lastly, a look at the chaparral vegetation of this region.

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3 thoughts on “The biota of Antalya province

  1. Goats drinking sea water?!?! That sounds like a topic you would have covered on an Anatomy/Physiology final. 😉 I remember there was a similar question on my exam concerning a freshwater frog that lives in estuaries and eats salty sea crabs. These goats must have some impressive kidneys!

  2. Wow, Adam–I am impressed that you remember that stuff. Yes, I would guess that goats can concentrate their urine more than other ruminants can, if they are really using the seawater as a water source. I don’t think that info has made into the physiology texts yet.

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