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By the Horns of Trioceros, the Casque of Calumma, the Brood of Bradypodion--Chameleons, Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the ‘What’s with all these new chameleon names?’ series. In the previous article, we looked at the fact that the ‘two genera system’ widely in use prior to the 1990s started to fall apart during the 1980s; we also looked specifically at the chameleon genera Rhampholeon and Rieppeleon. This time round—surprise surprise—we look at... more chameleons

February 25, 2016 — Darren Naish

The Galliwasps

Diploglossines – popularly called galliwasps – are an extant group of anguid lizards that inhabit South and Central America as well as the Antilles (Anguidae is the group that includes alligator lizards, slow-worms, glass lizards and kin). Most galliwasps are robust-bodied lizards with normally proportioned, complete limbs. A reduced digit count and reduced limb size is, however, present in the obscure taxa OphiodesSauresia and Wetmorena. The vast majority of species are included within Celestus (with about 30 species) and Diploglossus (with about 17 species).

September 9, 2015 — Darren Naish

Turtles I Have Recently Seen

TURTLES! A section of the montage that's being prepared for the Tet Zoo Big Book (larger version viewable at my patreon). Image in-prep, by Darren Naish.

June 3, 2015 — Darren Naish
Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Time for more Australian agamids, or amphibolurines, or dragons, whichever you prefer. Last time round, we looked at the water dragons, Moloch and a few other taxa, meaning that all thats left to get through is the remainder.

February 7, 2014 — Darren Naish

Hell yes: Komodo dragons!!! (again)

What with all the monitor-themed goodness around these parts lately (see links below), it seems only fitting that I provide a re-vamped, substantially updated version of this Tet Zoo ver 2 classic (originally published in September 2007).

March 5, 2014 — Darren Naish

Nobody Expects the Korean Crevice Salamander

The presence in Europe of plethodontids is unusual enough (albeit well known), but a major surprise in plethodontid research was the discovery of an Asian member of the group, the Korean crevice salamander Karsenia koreana Min et al., 2005. Plethodontid expert David Wake described its finding as “the most stunning discovery in the field of herpetology during my lifetime”...

August 18, 2015 — Darren Naish
<i>Megophrys</i>: so much more than <i>Megophrys nasuta</i>

Megophrys: so much more than Megophrys nasuta

In the previous article, we looked at parsley frogs or pelodytids - a small and conservative lineage within the anuran clade Pelobatoidea (also known as Anomocoela, and commonly as the spadefoot toads).

December 30, 2014 — Darren Naish

The Atomic Worm-Lizard and Other Aprasia Flapfoots

I'm feeling the urge to blog about lizards. So, today I'd like to talk about the Aprasia species, a group of short-tailed, near-limbless gekkotans that belong to the Australian Pygopodidae family, the so-called flapfoots, flap-footed lizards or pygopods.

March 11, 2015 — Darren Naish

Tadpole nests, past and present

Thanks to that recent Tet Zoo article about American spadefoot toads and their tadpoles, I've had visions in my mind of drying ephemeral pools in hot, arid environments, crammed with crowded, gasping tadpoles.

January 3, 2015 — Darren Naish
Cant get me enough of that sweet, sweet Temnodontosaurus

Cant get me enough of that sweet, sweet Temnodontosaurus

One of my favourite ichthyosaurs is the generally large, archaic, long-snouted Temnodontosaurus, and if you have an especially good memory youll recall it being mentioned here and there on Tet Zoo over the years (see links below).

January 30, 2014 — Darren Naish

Skinks skinks skinks (part I)

Skinks (properly Scincidae… though read on) are one of the most successful of squamate groups, accounting for approximately 1500 species - in other words, for about 25% of all lizards.

October 10, 2014 — Darren Naish

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