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Blanford’s flying dragon

Thai: กิ้งก่าบินคอแดง

Binomial name: Draco blanfordii, George Albert Boulenger, 1885

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.

Etymology

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

Description

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

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Lacertilia
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Draco
Species
Draco blanfordii

Common names

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

Synonyms

  • 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

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Draco blanfordii

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Distribution map of Blanford’s flying dragon, Draco blanfordii in Thailand

Range map of Draco blanfordii in Thailand

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