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Lizards of the genus Draco are commonly recognized as Southeast Asian Flying Lizards. This moderate-sized radiation of arboreal lizards is capable of long distance gliding using wing-like patagial membranes supported by elongate thoracic ribs (McGuire and Alcala, 2000). In the Philippines there exist an endemic and species-rich assemblage of species in this genus (McGuire and Alcala, 2000). One of these species is Draco cyanopterus, recognized to occur throughout much of the Mindanao faunal region (Mindanao PAIC) in the southern Philippines. The ventral surface of this species patagium is salmon in most males, sometimes yellow, and can be solid in coloration or with a few small spots near the margin, versus homogenous yellow or with small spots near the margin in females (McGuire and Alcala, 2000). In males of this species, the dewlap is triangular, reddish brown with white spots near body and orange-yellow coloration near dewlap tip (McGuire and Alcala, 2000). Several species in the Philippines are recognized to have widespread distributions (D. quadrasi, D. spilopterus); however, recent work indicates these species may actually be complexes of multiple, morphological similar species (McGuire and Alcala, 2000; McGuire and Heang, 2001).