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Draco norvillii ALCOCK, 1895

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Higher TaxaAgamidae (Draconinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Norvill's Flying Lizard
G: Norvills Flugdrache 
SynonymDraco norvilli ALCOCK 1895
Draco norvilli — SMITH 1935: 142
Draco norvilli — SMITH 1940: 476
Draco blanfordii norvilli — MUSTERS 1983: 17
Draco blanfordii norvilli — DAS 1996: 44
Draco norvillii — BARTS & WILMS 2003
Draco blanfordii norvilli — DAS 2011: 67 
DistributionIndia (Assam: Naga Hills, Doom Dooma; Arunachal Pradesh, NE India), N Myanmar (fide Musters 1983: 17)

Type locality: "Assam", with no further information.  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 13767 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: — Patagium inmales with indistinct,dark bands; base ofthe gular pouch dark grey, with light spots at the border with the lateral pouches; gular pouch i n males 1.65-1.67 times the head length (Musters 1983: 17). 
CommentDistribution: possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). The North-east Indian State of Assam in now divided into seven states. See map in Manthey 2010: 109. Because of the similarity between D. norvillii and D. blanfordi, the single report from Myanmar (Musters 1983) is likely D. blanfordi, not norvillii.

Synonymy: likely to be a synonym of D. blanfordi. There are no diagnostic morphological characters that distinguish the two species (J. McGuire, pers. comm., 26 June 2019). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type (F. H. Norvill) of Doom Dooma, Upper Assam (now Arunachal Pradesh), the type locality may be restricted to 'North-eastern India, possibly Doom Dooma (27º 34'N; 88º 08'E), Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India). 
  • Alcock, A. 1895. On a new species of Flying lizard from Assam. J. Asiatic Soc. Bengal 64 (1): 14-15 + 1 plate
  • Barts, M. & Wilms, T. 2003. Die Agamen der Welt. Draco 4 (14): 4-23 - get paper here
  • Das, Indraneil & Abhijit Das 2017. A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd., Oxford, 176 pp.
  • Islam, Mazedul & Prasanta Kumar Saikia 2013. Inventory and Natural History of Lizards in Jeypore Rerserve Forest, Assam. Reptile Rap (15): 16-26 - get paper here
  • Lenz, Norbert 2012. Von Schmetterlingen und Donnerdrachen - Natur und Kultur in Bhutan. Karlsruher Naturhefte 4, Naturkundemuseum Karlsruhe, 124 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 - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 1990. A field book of the lizards of India. Records Zool. Survey India 115: 1-122 - get paper here
  • Musters, C. J. M. 1983. Taxonomy of the genus Draco L. (Agamidae, Lacertilia, Reptilia). Zoologische Verhandelingen (199): 1-120 - get paper here
  • Purkayastha J. 2013. An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam. EBH Publishers (India) - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1940. The Amphibians and Reptiles obtained by Mr. Ronald Kaulback in Upper Burma. Records of the Indian Museum 42: 465-486 - get paper here
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