Bradypodion atromontanum BRANCH, TOLLEY & TILBURY, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Bradypodion atromontanum?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Swartberg Dwarf chameleon|
|Synonym||Bradypodion atromontanum BRANCH, TOLLEY & TILBURY 2006|
Bradypodion atromontanum — TILBURY 2010: 230
|Distribution||Republic 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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|Types||Holotype: PEM R5744, adult male, collected by Colin Tilbury on 21 March 2002, DNA CT138.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—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.|
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