Ptychozoon

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Ptychozoon
Ptychozoon kuhli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Gekkoninae
Genus: Ptychozoon

Ptychozoon is a genus of arboreal gecko from Southeast Asia, known as Flying Geckos or Parachute Geckos.[1] They are characterized by cryptic coloration and elaborate webs surrounding the neck, limbs, trunk, and tail.[1] These membranes help to conceal the gecko against trees. When the gecko leaps into the air, the flaps are used to generate lift and allow the gecko to control its fall. It can fly up to 200 feet (60 meters). Also it does a swoop at the end of its flight to land softly. A similar adaptation is found in the gecko Cosymbotus. There are six described species in this genus. They are often kept as pets.

Classification of genus Ptychozoon[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Malkmas et al. Amphibians & Reptiles of Mount Kinabalu (North Borneo). Germany: A.R.G., 2002. 32, 267-268.

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