Draco blanfordii

Draco blanfordii
Blanford's Flying Lizard
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Genus: Draco
Species: D. blanfordii
Binomial name
Draco blanfordii
Boulenger, 1885

Draco blanfordii is an agamid "flying" lizard capable of gliding from tree to tree 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 roaches the axil. 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 inches; tail 9. The largest species of the genus.[1]


  1. ^ Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia. p. 112-113


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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885 Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp.
  • McGuire, Jimmy A. & Heang, Kiew Bong 2001 Phylogenetic systematics of Southeast Asian flying lizards (Iguania: Agamidae: Draco) as inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 72: 203-229

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