Calumma tarzan GEHRING, PABIJAN, RATSOAVINA, KÖHLER, VENCES & GLAW, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calumma tarzan?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Calumma tarzan GEHRING, PABIJAN, RATSOAVINA, KÖHLER, VENCES & GLAW 2010|
|Distribution||CE Madagascar (Anosibe An’Ala region)|
Type locality: forest fragment near Tarzanville (19°19’50.3’’ S, 48°13’22.5’’ E, 847 m elevation), Moramanga Province, central eastern Madagascar.
|Types||Holotype: ZSM 219/2010 (FGZC 4510), adult male with incompletely everted hemipenes, collected on 12 April 2010 by P.-S. Gehring, F. Glaw, J. Köhler, K. Mebert, E. Rajeriarison & F. M. Ratsoavi- na.|
|Comment||Photo in Elaphe 18 (4): 20 .|
|Etymology||The species was discovered in a small rainforest fragment very close to the village formerly known as Tarzanville (since recently called Ambodimeloka, meaning “place of the curve”). Therefore, Gehring et al. dedicated the new species to the fictional forest man “Tarzan” in the hope that this famous name will promote awareness and conservation activities for this apparently highly threatened new species and its habitats, in the mid-altitude rainforest. The epithet is an invariable noun in apposition.|