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Field Observations on the Social Behavior of the Flying Lizard, Draco volans sumatranus, in Borneo

Akira Mori and Tsutomu Hikida
Copeia
Vol. 1994, No. 1 (Feb. 1, 1994), pp. 124-130
DOI: 10.2307/1446678
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1446678
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Abstract

The behavior of the flying lizard, Draco volans sumatranus, was observed in the field and recorded on videotapes. Resident males were more active than were females and nonresident males. Gliding was more frequently observed in males than in females. Draco v. sumatranus appeared to be a sit-and-wait predator, feeding mostly on ants. Feeding frequency did not differ between males and females. Four display patterns, one dewlap extension and three types of pushup, were performed only by males. Other male-male displays and male-female displays, including wing expansion, were also observed. Social behavior and ecological features of flying lizards show great similarities with those of anoline lizards of the family Iguanidae.

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