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Bradypodion caeruleogula RAW & BROTHERS, 2008

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Umlalazi Dwarf Chameleon, Eshowe Dwarf Chameleon, Dhlinza Dwarf Chameleon 
SynonymBradypodion caeruleogula RAW & BROTHERS 2008
Bradypodion nemorale — BRANCH 1988 (non RAW 1978)
Bradypodion caeruleogula — TILBURY 2010: 237 
DistributionSouth Africa (Entumeni Forest, Dlinza Forest and Eshowe north of the Tugela River, Zululand)

Type locality: Eshowe, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.  
TypesHolotype: LRC (given as LRG, private collection of Lynn Raw number LR 2777. An adult female collected by DRJ, KL, LA, LRG & PEV Raw in January. Specimens are in Denmark (L. Raw, pers. comm., 24 Oct 2018). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Living animals can be distinguished from other Bradypodion by the dark blue-grey gular grooves and red lateral flank grooves.  
EtymologyThis is derived from caeruleus (Latin, dark blue) and gula (Latin, throat) and refers to the dark blue-grey of the gular grooves. 
  • 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.
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Raw, L. & Brothers, D.J. 2008. Redescription of the South African dwarf chameleon, Bradypodion nemorale Raw 1978 (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), and description of two new species. ZooNova 1 (1): 1-7 - 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.
  • TILBURY, COLIN R. & KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY 2009. A new species of dwarf chameleon (Sauria; Chamaeleonidae, Bradypodion Fitzinger) from KwaZulu Natal South Africa with notes on recent climatic shifts and their influence on speciation in the genus. Zootaxa 2226: 43-57 - get paper here
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