from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of batrachians of the family Ranidæ, containing arboreal frogs with such long and so broadly webbed toes that the feet serve somewhat as parachutes by means of which the creature takes long flying leaps.
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P. rhacophorus looks like an ideal 'intermediate' between the more extreme parachute geckos and members of the probable sister-taxon to
The tail tip of P. rhacophorus [A in the adjacent composite; from Brown et al. (1997)] doesn't have any sort of flattening at its tip, but what seems to have happened in other species is that some or many of their lateral lobes have become partially or completely fused, thereby forming a terminal tail flap that might be rounded or squared-off at its tip.
P. rhacophorus and their shape (like scalene triangles) means that they look 'swept back' compared to the lobes of the other species.
P. horsfieldii resembles P. rhacophorus in having a tapered tail [its tail is B in the adjacent composite], but its lateral tail lobes are bigger than those of
P. rhacophorus is small compared to that of the other species, and its lateral body fold is also smaller.
In the Bornean species P. rhacophorus, the tail tapers to a point (it looks fairly typical for a lizard) and the lateral lobes on the tail are very small.