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Vortrag: Searching for Dragons in Sumatra’s Vanishing Rainforests

 

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Searching for Dragons in Sumatra’s Vanishing Rainforests: Systematics and Ecology of a Remarkable Radiation of Agamid Lizards

The agamid lizard subfamily Draconinae reaches its highest levels of diversity on Sumatra. Our four-year survey of the island’s herpetofauna discovered multiple species new to science and obtained samples of many poorly known agamids. In this presentation, I describe our fieldwork, summarize our discoveries, and discuss analytical methods for establishingspecies boundaries. Concurrent with taxonomic work, my students and I conduct diet niche analysis and look for new parasites of dragons. I will briefly touch on these ecological topics and report some of our more surprising discoveries.

MICHAEL B. HARVEY  

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Ort: Bibliothek der Herpetologischen Sammlung, NHM Wien, Eingang Burgring 7, 1010 Wien

Datum: Mittwoch, 25. Juli 2018:  18.30 - 19.30 Uhr 

Bildautor: MICHAEL B. HARVEY