Dispatches from the field: new adventures with endangered crocodile lizards and oriental garden lizards

It’s been a very busy year, which explains why I am only now writing this blog post from my trip to China earlier this year (May-June). I had the amazing opportunity of seeing one of the world’s most endangered lizards—the crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus), in the wild, and working with one of the largest . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: new adventures with endangered crocodile lizards and oriental garden lizards

A lizard with attitude

Read our latest lab post on CNN iReporter to see video of a Chinese toad-headed agama taking charge of a researcher (name withheld). Note that there are two videos. The better video is the second one, behind the first one (click arrow/number).

Here is a photo of said lizard, a male Phrynocephalus axillaris

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Photos from field work in Xinjiang Province, China

Take a look at photos from our field work in northern China, where we were studying complex communication in toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus).

Our photos are loaded on Flickr, where you can view pictures of our study animals and past field trips. Click on the photo below!

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Dispatches from the field: tough times for desert lizards in parts of Xinjiang Province, China

We have just recently finished working on a particularly interesting lizard: the toad-headed agama Phrynocephalus axillaris. We found a population on the gravel plains just west of Ruoqiang, in central Xinjiang Province, while searching for another species, P. forsythii. On that topic, P. forsythii has proven to be something of an achilles heel for . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: tough times for desert lizards in parts of Xinjiang Province, China

Dispatches from the field: touring China’s deserts in search of toad-headed agamas

I am currently in Xinjiang Province, northern China, with Dr. Qi Yin, our collaborator from the Chengdu Institute of Biology (CIB), which is part of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). We have funding from CAS to study the evolution of complex visual signals in toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) and this is the second year . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: touring China’s deserts in search of toad-headed agamas

New Scientist reports “Cold-blooded burrow sharing in Tibetan lizards”

Gilead Amit has featured our recent PLoS One paper (full reference below) in New Scientist. Read the article by clicking the link below.

Cold-blooded burrow sharing in Tibetan lizards and to download the PLoS One article for free, click on the article diagram below.

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What makes an angry Phrynocephalus mystaceus?

A very upset Phrynocephalus mystaceus. Photo © Qi Yin.

Blog posting by Dr. Qi Yin, Chengdu Institute of Biology (CAS)

When you see the colorful and threatening face above, what response does this evoke? Imagine a lizard predator about to grab a lizard and suddenly it flares it’s cheek flaps and . . . → Read More: What makes an angry Phrynocephalus mystaceus?

Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

This dispatch comes to you from the Tukai Desert in north-west China, a short drive (about 15 km) from the Kazakhstan border. We are three weeks into a six-week field trip. The lab is currently working on the evolution of complex tail waves and colour signals in Asian toad-headed agamas (Phrynocephalus) in . . . → Read More: Dispatches from the field: in search of the mystical Secret Toad-headed Agama and other tail waving lizards in China

New lizard enclosures in China!

Our great friend and colleague Dr. Qi Yin of the Chengdu Institute of Biology, who is an associate of the lab, has just finished building an amazing complex of enclosures at Xiaman Conservation Station in the Zoige Wetland Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province. We like to think of this as the Chinese branch of the . . . → Read More: New lizard enclosures in China!

Dispatches from China part 2: lizards, yak poo and high altitude basketball

We are currently in a race against the clock. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t exactly been kind to us. Yesterday was great, we had a nice sunny day and collected tons of data. (We are in China visiting and assisting Dr. Qi Yin on his toad-agama project with an eye to setting up future collaborative . . . → Read More: Dispatches from China part 2: lizards, yak poo and high altitude basketball