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Bronchocela jubata - Maned Forest Lizard This prehistoric dragon like creature is incredibly difficult to spot in the field. It can actually rapidly change color to match its surroundings, adding to the difficulty of locating. The flash of the camera makes this view stand out, but take a look at the male image, to see how the coloration matches the leaves.<br />
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As I am walking the path, I do not bother looking for lizard shapes, a fruitless exercise. I look for vertical sticks with no leaves or branches, a dead giveaway for this lizard.<br />
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You can approach slowly with great success. The lizard has such confidence in its camouflage, that it remains motionless, assuming that it cannot be seen<br />
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Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
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I have chosen these three images for ID purposes and also to show what you actually see in the field. Also to show the differences between the sexes.<br />
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This particular specimen is a male, identified by its throat pouch and dorsal display. Obviously I have been spotted by the lizard, hence the display, normally the mane and throat displays would be relaxed and flattened.<br />
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Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37747/bronchocela_jubata_-_maned_forest_lizard.html<br />
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Bronchocela jubata - Maned Forest Lizard

This prehistoric dragon like creature is incredibly difficult to spot in the field. It can actually rapidly change color to match its surroundings, adding to the difficulty of locating. The flash of the camera makes this view stand out, but take a look at the male image, to see how the coloration matches the leaves.

As I am walking the path, I do not bother looking for lizard shapes, a fruitless exercise. I look for vertical sticks with no leaves or branches, a dead giveaway for this lizard.

You can approach slowly with great success. The lizard has such confidence in its camouflage, that it remains motionless, assuming that it cannot be seen

Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.

Bronchocela jubata - Maned Forest Lizard Gosh! I don’t know where to start with this one, I have so much to write. I have 65 images, and choosing just three to start off the species on this sight, took me half an hour. But, I will be posting more of this stunning creature in the future.<br />
<br />
I have chosen these three images for ID purposes and also to show what you actually see in the field. Also to show the differences between the sexes.<br />
<br />
This particular specimen is a male, identified by its throat pouch and dorsal display. Obviously I have been spotted by the lizard, hence the display, normally the mane and throat displays would be relaxed and flattened.<br />
<br />
Location is Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Alongside a stream and paddy fields.<br />
http://www.jungledragon.com/image/37747/bronchocela_jubata_-_maned_forest_lizard.html<br />
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    comments (5)

  1. Magnificent tail. Posted 3 years ago
  2. Amazing, the tail is about 5 times the body lenght! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yes. I can't remember whether it is prehensile, I guess it must be.

      Edit - no text or images, so the answer to my own question is no.

      Dave
      Posted 3 years ago, modified 3 years ago
      1. Yes, it makes you wonder what's the use of it. Posted 3 years ago
        1. There must be a Darwinian evolutionary explanation for it.

          Dave
          Posted 3 years ago

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''Bronchocela jubata'', commonly known as the maned forest lizard, is a species of agamid lizard found mainly in Indonesia on the islands of Singkep, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Karakelang, Salibabu; Nias Island, Singkap Island, Borneo also in Thailand, Cambodia and Philippines. Although in the past it was thought the species may be found in India, either on the mainland or in the Nicobars, this is not the case according to herpetologist Indraneil Das. It is also known by the common name of "bloodsucker",.. more

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Uploaded Apr 12, 2016. Captured Jan 6, 2013 10:06 in Jl. Lavender No.8, Ciwaruga, Parongpong, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat, Indonesia.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/8.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 105mm