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Draco biaro LAZELL, 1987

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lazell’s Flying Dragon 
SynonymDraco biaro LAZELL 1987
Draco biaro — MCGUIRE & KIEW 2001
Draco biaro — MCGUIRE et al. 2007: 194
Draco biaro — KOCH 2012: 140 
DistributionIndonesia (Sangihe Archipelago: Pulau Biaro, Sulawesi)

Type locality: Pulau Biaro, Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 170898 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Draco biaro can be distinguished from all other members of the D. lineatus group by the following combination of characteristics: (1) the dorsal patagial coloration of males and females with three to five tan radial bands on a black field, (2) male dewlap short and rounded distally, (3) dewlap in males pale yellow in coloration but appearing white during display, (4) presence of a melanic interorbital spot or transversely oriented bar in males, (5) presence of a large rhomboidal melanic nuchal spot in both sexes, (6) presence of a large rhomboidal melanic postnuchal spot in both sexes, (7) nuchal and postnuchal spots surrounded by white pigments in males, (8) presence of melanic ‘eye spots’ (dark spots with associated white or pale pigments) on the supraorbital semicircles of both sexes, (9) absence of a parietal lens, and (10) tympana covered with scales (from MCGUIRE et al. 2007). 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • Lazell J D Jr 1987. A new flying lizard from the Sangihe Archipelago, Indonesia. Breviora (488): 1-9 - get paper here
  • 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 - get paper here
  • MCGUIRE, JIMMY A.; RAFE M. BROWN, MUMPUNI, AWAL RIYANTO, AND NOVIAR ANDAYANI 2007. The flying lizards of the Draco lineatus group (Squamata: Iguania: Agamidae): A taxonomic revision with descriptions of two new species. Herpetological Monographs 21 (1): 180-213. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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