Tag Archives: Flying Lizards

The gliding lizards of the genus Draco inhabit southeast Asia, although one species occurs in India. They have evolved elongated ribs that support a membrane of skin that forms a wing-like structure, it is called a pterygium or patigium. True wings in birds, bats and pterodactyls evolved from limbs, not ribs. There are about 40…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

RSS Serpent Research

  • Cobras - Cytotoxicity as a Defensive Innovation and Its Co-Evolution with Hooding, Aposematic Marking, and Spitting March 15, 2017
    Bryan Frye and a cobra.A University of Queensland-led international study has revealed how one of the world's most feared types of snakes -- cobras -- developed their potent venom.Associate Professor Bryan Fry of UQ's School of Biological Sciences said cobras were killers in Africa and Asia, and caused crippling social and economic burdens through the […]
  • Hypsiboas punctatus, the first fluorescent frog March 13, 2017
    Before and after. The polka-dot tree frog in natural light (top) and under UV (bottom.)Photo credit: Julian Faivovich & Carlos Taboada The first fluorescent frogs have been discovered in South America. The green fluorescence is due to a compound found in the lymph and skin glands of the polka-dot treefrog (Hypsiboas punctatus). At twilight, the phenomenon enhances the frogs’ […]
  • A new homalopsid snake from Myanmar March 11, 2017
    Gyiophis salweenensis Photo credit. Evan QuahThe 54th species of homalopid snake has been described by Quah et al. (2017). The new species, Gyiophis salweenensis was described from the lowlands of Mawlamyine District in Mon state, southeastern Myanmar. The authors suggest that Gyiophis salweenensis  is presumed to be closely related to G. maculosa Blanford and G. […]