Calumma jejy RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calumma jejy?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Calumma jejy RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 2006|
|Distribution||NE 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. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH R-144119 (APR 1072) adult male.|
|Comment||Diagnosis.—A Calumma chameleon from Mada- gascar that differs from all congeners by the combination of the complete absence of a male rostral appendage or appendages; the presence of a pair of large occipital lobes dorsally united to each other by up to 3 mm in adult; the presence of conical tubercles on the distal surfaces of limbs; the presence of adult gular spines ,2 mm in length, and the presence of a female dorsal crest on the posterior half of the body. Calumma jejy is most similar to C. tsaratananense, but can be distinguished by the length of the adult gular spines (,2 mm vs. .2 mm), the extent of the male dorsal crest serrations (not heavily serrated on the distal half of the tail vs. heavily serrated on the distal half of the tail), and form of the female dorsal crest on the posterior half of body (present vs. absent) [from RAXWORTHY & NUSSBAUM 2006].|
The species is partly (or mostly?) terrestrial, and partly (mostly?) arboreal.
|Etymology||Named 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.|
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