Great Video of Draco Displaying

Photographer and videographer extraordinaire Rick Stanley, whose work has appeared on AA previously, has just put together a short video of a number of Draco  species signaling and gliding. Some of the shots are extraordinary—it’s particularly cool to see them use their throat lappets and wings for communication. Check it out on Vimeo!

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

11 thoughts on “Great Video of Draco Displaying

  1. Wonderful videos of displaying and gliding flying lizards! Thanks for posting them! I’m curious about the Draco blanfordii. Usually they have a maroon margin on the dorsal patagium. Could this be Draco indochinensis (one of the few Draco species I have not seen in life)? Sorry that I’m 6 months late with this post!

    1. Thanks for the comments on my Draco footage, Jim! Glad you enjoyed watching. The lizard I identified as Draco blanfordii was on Langkawi island, Malaysia. If memory serves, blanfordii is one of the only two Dracos recorded from Langkawi (Draco indochinensis shouldn’t occur there). Maybe the difference in coloration is due to geography or sexual dimorphism? I seem to remember reading that blanfordii is sexually dimorphic in its patagium coloration.

      1. Must be blanfordii given the locality. Thank for your response! Do you have more Draco footage? I’d be interested in learning more about your interest in Draco.

        Cheers,

        Jim

  2. Wonderful videos! And rare!

    Similar to your gliding lizards are the gliders from the Permian through Cretaceous that changed their ribs into transverse processes and used rib-like dermal extensions to glide.

    See a wide selection here:
    htttp://www.reptileevolution.com/icarosaurus.htm
    to start.

    All good wishes, Dave Peters

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