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Brookesia desperata GLAW, KÖHLER, TOWNSEND & VENCES, 2012

IUCN Red List - Brookesia desperata - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae (Brookesiinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymBrookesia desperata GLAW, KÖHLER, TOWNSEND & VENCES 2012 
DistributionN Madagascar (Antsiranana)

Type locality: Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, ca. 5 km southwest of Sakaramy village, 12°28’00’’S, 49°13’37’’ E, 470 m elevation, Antsiranana Province, northern Madagascar. Map legend:
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TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZSM 2170/2007 (FGZC 1250), adult male (hemi- penes everted), collected on 12 March 2007 by F. Glaw, J. Ko ̈hler and A. Razafimanantsoa.
Paratypes.— ZSM, UADBA 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyEtymology.— The species epithet is an adjective derived from the Latin ‘‘desperatus’’ meaning ‘‘desperate’’. Although the known range of the species is within a nature reserve established decades ago, its habitat is in truth barely protected and subject to numerous human-induced environmental problems resulting in severe habitat destruction [41], thus threatening the survival of the species. 
References
  • Glaw F, Köhler J, Townsend TM, Vences M 2012. Rivaling the World’s Smallest Reptiles: Discovery of Miniaturized and Microendemic New Species of Leaf Chameleons (Brookesia) from Northern Madagascar. PLoS One 7 (2): e31314. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031314 - get paper here
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Kowala, Julia, 2017. A Study of Reptile Community Diversity Related to Habitat Characteristics at Marojejy National Park. Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2012. Die kleinsten Reptilien der Welt - neu entdeckte Zwergchamäleons aus Madagaskar. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (95): 4-6 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. Liste der im Jahr 2012 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (3): 52-67 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
 
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