Holaspis, a lizard that glided by accident: mosaics of cooption and adaptation in a tropical forest lacertid (Reptilia, Lacertidae)

  title={Holaspis, a lizard that glided by accident: mosaics of cooption and adaptation in a tropical forest lacertid (Reptilia, Lacertidae)},
  author={Edwin Nicholas. Arnold},
  journal={Bulletin of The Natural History Museum. Zoology Series},
  • E. N. Arnold
  • Published 2002
  • Biology
  • Bulletin of The Natural History Museum. Zoology Series
SYNOPSIS. Holaspis is the most morphologically apomorphic lacertid taxon with 42 or more derived morphological features arising on its exclusive lineage. Nearly all of these confer advantages in three specialised activities, or ameliorate problems resulting from them. The activities are: climbing on the often vertical open surfaces on tree boles and branches, utilising ver y narrow crevices in wood and beneath bark, and the ability, unique among lacertids, to glide from tree to tree. Although… Expand

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