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Species of Thailand

Blanford's flying dragon

Draco blanfordii, George Albert Boulenger, 1885

(In Thai: กิ้งก่าบินคอแดง)

Draco blanfordii is an agamid "flying" lizard capable of gliding from tree to tree.

Geographic range

It is found in China (SW Yunnan), E Thailand, W Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh.


The species is named after William Thomas Blanford of the Geological Survey of India in British India.


While the dewlap of Draco indochinensis is widest at its base, decreases in width over its entire length, and terminates in a sharp point, in contrast, the dewlap of D. blanfordii is distally expanded with a basal constriction, and terminates in a rounded distal edge. D. indochinensis also differs from D. blanfordii in the presence (in both sexes) of a thick, black transverse band that extends across the posterior gular region from one throat lappet to the other, and in the presence of dark radial bands on the dorsal surfaces of the patagia in both sexes rather than in females only.

Head small, snout constricted, slightly longer than the diameter of the orbit; nostril directed upwards, perfectly vertical; tympanum naked, smaller than the eye-opening. Upper head-scales unequal, keeled, a prominent tubercle at the posterior corner of the orbit; 9 upper labials. The male's gular appendage longer than the head, very thin, covered with large scales. Male with a slight nuchal fold. Dorsal scales equal, smooth or very feebly keeled, not larger than ventrals ; a series of widely separated enlarged keeled scales alongside of back. The fore limb stretched forwards extends considerably beyond the tip of the snout; the adpressed hind limb nearly reaches the axilla. Grey-brown above, with small dark spots; wing-membranes above marbled with dark brown, with lighter spots and lines, beneath immaculate; throat unspotted, greenish, pale scarlet beneath the lateral wattles.

From snout to vent 4.75 cm, tail 9 cm. The largest species of the genus.

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Scientific classification

Draco blanfordii

Common names

  • German: Blanfords Flugdrache
  • English:
    • Blanford’s flying dragon
    • Blanford’s flying lizard
  • Thai: กิ้งก่าบินคอแดง


  • Draco blanfordii, Mirko Barts & Thomas Wilms (2003)
  • Draco blanfordi blanfordi, Ulrich Manthey & Norbert Schuster (1999)
  • Draco blanfordii, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Draco blanfordii, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Draco blanfordi blanfordi, Kees Musters (1983)
  • Draco blanfordii, Edward Harrison Taylor (1963)
  • Draco blanfordi, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1935)
  • Draco cyanolaemus, George Albert Boulenger (1908)
  • Draco blanfordii, George Albert Boulenger (1885)
  • Draco major, William Thomas Blanford (1878)


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Draco blanfordii
Draco blanfordii

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Draco blanfordii
Draco blanfordii

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Draco blanfordii
Draco blanfordii

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Draco blanfordii
Draco blanfordii
Draco blanfordii

Range Map

Distribution map of Blanford's flying dragon, Draco blanfordii in Thailand
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Nan National Park
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
  • Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Ko Lanta National Park
  • Kui Buri National Park
  • Manang District, Satun
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Sa Nang Manora Forest Park
  • Thale Ban National Park
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
Range map of Draco blanfordii in Thailand