Bradypodion nemorale RAW, 1978
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Bradypodion nemorale?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Qudeni Dwarf Chameleon, Zululand Dwarf Chameleon|
|Synonym||Bradypodion nemorale RAW 1978|
Bradypodion nemorale — KLAVER & BÖHME 1997
Bradypodion nemorale — NECAS 1999: 275
Bradypodion nkandlae RAW & BROTHERS 2008
Bradypodion nemorale RAW 1978 (part.)
Bradypodion nemorale — TILBURY 2010: 276
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Nkanala Forest, Qudeni Forest, Zululand)|
Type locality: Qudeni forest, Zululand, S. Africa
nkandlae: South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal); Type locality: Nkandla Forest, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
|Types||Holotype: NMP 1474 (Natal Museum collection, Pietermaritzburg)|
Holotype (nkandlae): LRG Raw Collection number LR900 collected by FL Farquharson, MN Harris and LRG Raw on 3 April 1977. This is presumably an immature specimen but no obviously adult specimens of this taxon have yet been collected.
|Comment||For a map see TOLLEY et al. (2004).|
“Near threatened” (HILTON-TAYLOR 2000).
Bradypodion nkandlae RAW & BROTHERS 2008 has been synonymized with B. nemorale by TILBURY & TOLLEY 2009.
Diagnosis. A medium-sized dwarf chameleon. Casque strongly raised. Subocular tubercle not or only slightly raised. Cranial crests developed and distinct but not swollen or horn-coloured. Gular lobes longer than broad. Throat region pigmented with white gular grooves. Flanks without longitudinal grooves. Dorsal crest distinct, continuing on tail.
Diagnosis (nkandlae): A smaller species with raised parietal region of casque. Throat region pigmented, with white gular grooves. Flanks with red longitudinal grooves.
|Etymology||This is derived from the Latin, nemoralis, meaning living in or frequenting groves or woods, and refers to the preferred forest habitat of the species.|
Etymology (nkandlae). The Latinised genitive noun “of Nkandla” refers to the origin from the Nkandla Forest. If a common name is required, it is suggested that Nkandla Dwarf Chameleon would be suitable.