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Draco dussumieri DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1837

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Ghats Flying Lizard, Southern Flying Lizard 
SynonymDraco dussumieri DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 456
Draco duvaucelii FITZINGER (nom. nud. fide HENNIG 1936)
Draco dussumieri — BOULENGER 1885: 268
Draco dussumieri — SMITH 1935: 143
Draco dussumieri — MUSTERS 1983
Draco dussumieri — MANTHEY & SCHUSTER 1999: 55
Draco dussumieri — MCGUIRE & KIEW 2001
Draco dussumieri — HALLERMANN et al. 2001
Draco dussumierii — GANESH et al. 2018 
DistributionIndia (Goa, Madras, Malabar coast, Nilghiri Hills, Travancore, Western Ghats & Eastern Ghats, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Type locality: “Bengale et cote de Malabar”, restricted to Malabar by SMITH 1935.  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 2590 and MNHN-RA 6909 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Species of small to moderate size (maximum snout-vent length 97 mm);nostril directed upward; no A-shaped series of enlarged scales onthe snout; usually twomedian teeth inthe upper jaw; supralabials 10-13, smooth; no thornlike scale on the supraciliary edge; tympanum covered with smooth skin; gular and lateral pouches with slightly enlarged scales; nuchal fold present; dorsals 142-169, smooth, subequal; six ribs inpatagium; hindlimbs about aslong as the distance between the limbs; males with caudal crest (Musters 1983: 22). 
CommentDistribution: No confirmed records from Gujarat fide Patel & Vyas 2019. 
EtymologyNamed after Jean-Jacques Dussumier (1792-1883), a trader-shipowner in the French mercantile marine, who collected specimens from many areas. 
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