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Rainforest dragon

rainforest dragon (Hypsilurus spinipes)
Lamington Plateau, Qld
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Hypsilurus spinipes - (Duméril & Duméril, 1851)
Pronunciation  HIP-sill-YOUR-uss   speen'-ee-pez
Etymology  Hypsilurus: 'upsilon-tail'. Upsilon ('ϒ') is the Greek letter on which the English uppercase 'Y' is based.
spinipes: 'spiny-foot'.
Other names  Southern angle-headed dragon
Gonocephalus spinipes 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 11 cm
Clutch size
Range: 5 - 8
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Mountainous, subtropical rainforests in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Ranges from about Gympie in the north to about Gosford in the south.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland


Mountain rainforests. Often seen clinging to small tree trunks about 1.5m off the ground.

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