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Calumma jejy RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM, 2006

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymCalumma jejy RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 2006 
DistributionNE Madagascar, summit area of Marojejy Mountain (1800-2130 m elevation)

Type locality: Madagascar, Antsiranana Province, Sam-
bava Fivondronana, Marojejy Reserve, Marojejy Mountain, 14°26.8’S, 49°44.1’E, 1800 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH R-144119 (APR 1072) adult male. 
CommentThe species is partly (or mostly?) terrestrial, and partly (mostly?) arboreal.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Malagasy name ‘Marojejy’ meaning ‘many jejy,’with jejy apparently referring to the rounded rocks at the summit that resemble ‘jejy’ gourds used to make traditional musical instruments. 
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - 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
  • Raxworthy, C.J. & Nussbaum, R.A. 2006. Six New Species of Occipital-Lobed Calumma Chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) from Montane Regions of Madagascar, with a New Description and Revision of Calumma brevicorne. Copeia 2006 (4): 711-734 - get paper here
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