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Bradypodion atromontanum BRANCH, TOLLEY & TILBURY, 2006

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSwartberg Dwarf chameleon 
SynonymBradypodion atromontanum BRANCH, TOLLEY & TILBURY 2006
Bradypodion atromontanum — TILBURY 2010: 230 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Western Cape Province, Cape Fold Mountains), elevation 1600-1800 m.

Type locality: 500 m along road to Die Hel, west from Swartberg Pass, Great Swartberg, Prince Alfred District, Western Cape Province, South Africa (33°20’50”S, 22°01’40”E) Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: PEM R5744, adult male, collected by Colin Tilbury on 21 March 2002, DNA CT138. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific epithet is derived from atro(L), black; and montanus(L), mountain. The component elements allude to the black colouration of the flank area in excited individuals (see Fig. 3) and to the Mountain Fynbos habitat in which the species lives. In combination the components refer to the Swartberg (‘Black Mountain’), to which the chameleon is endemic. The name is constructed as neuter to correspond to the generic name. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Branch, Wiliam R., Krystal A. Tolley and Colin R. Tilbury 2006. A new Dwarf Chameleon (Sauria: Bradypodion Fitzinger, 1843) from the Cape Fold Mountains, South Africa. African Journal of Herpetology 55 (2):123-141. - get paper here
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Stuart-Fox, D. & Moussalli, A. 2008. Selection for Social Signalling Drives the Evolution of Chameleon Colour Change. PloS Biol. 6(1): e25 (doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060025|) - get paper here
  • Tilbury, C. 2010. Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas, Including the Chameleons of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt M., 831 pp.
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