I like to start the new year with a feature on the theme of "fantastic species and where to find them". This year's instalment is on dragons - various reptile species that look like mythical beasts and/or are named after them. (Not including leafy sea dragons though, as I covered them in the original fantastic species feature.) Essentially, although (European) myths and legends tell us dragons need to be slayed (Chinese dragons are getting a bit more respect), the message here is that some of them may need saving:
Dragons in danger
Current Biology Volume 32, Issue 1, 10 January 2022, Pages R1-R3
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The Komodo dragon (V. komodoensis) has had its Red List status upgraded recently, as climate change is bound to shrink its surviving populations. (Photo: David Clode/Unsplash.)
PS As I write this, fossil dragons are in the news, too. Maybe keep those for the next dragon feature.
service announcement: a new twitter thread to connect this year's CB features starts here.