A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1837
Draco dussumieri, commonly known as the southern flying lizard, is a species of agamid lizard capable of gliding from tree to tree. It is found in the Western Ghats and hill forests of southern India.
When the hind leg is extended along the body, the tip reaches the axilla (armpit) of the fore limb. The nostrils open on the top of the snout and the ear opening is naked. The scales on the upper body surface are smaller than the scales of the upper lip and are slightly keeled (ridged). A horn-like, conical tubercle behind and above the posterior part of the eye is prominent. Male has a small crest arising on the nape. The gular sac on the throat is long and narrow and yellow in life. On each side of the back are small tubercular outgrowths made up of small scales. The throat has scattered, irregular brown spots. The ground-colour of the patagial wings is light yellow while blackish violet reticulated lines occupy the middle and outer half of the wings, enclosing round light spots. There are 6 ribs holding up the patagium. From snout to vent 95 ; tail 135 mm.
Karvalo was a middle aged scientist who went to find this flying lizard in forest of western ghats, India along with Poornachandra Tejaswi and others. A book named karvalo was later written by poornachandra tejaswi in kannada which includes their experiences.
Western Ghats and associated hill forests of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa in southern India. It is also reported from some parts of Eastern Ghats (Talakona RF) in Andhra Pradesh  Nelson Annandale recorded it as "common about ten miles north of Trivandrum, but apparently very local." Often found in coconut and betel-nut plantations. Jerdon noted that this species was only found in the neighbourhood of forests of the west coast of the Peninsula of India, frequenting the cocoa-nut and betel-nut plantations in this region.
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