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Old 17-08-2009, 04:34 PM
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Maybe too young to tell, but I think it might be a male also - those white bits along its back remind me of the alternating black and white you see on the low dorsal crest in breeding male alpines. I think some females have an orangey dorsal stripe?
Absolutely right, it's a male. And females and juveniles do exhibit the orange stripe you mentioned, although not always. I keep this species and also the subspecies apaunus from high altitudes in northern Italy. These alpestris alpestris were almost certainly introduced with pond weed from France and have established a breeding colony over the years, but deliberate release can obviously not be ruled out.
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