Furcifer minor (GÜNTHER, 1879)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Furcifer minor?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lesser Chameleon|
|Synonym||Chamaeleon minor GÜNTHER 1879: 246|
Furcifer minor — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 257
Furcifer minor — NECAS 1999: 283
Chamaeleo minor— PIANKA & VITT 2003
Furcifer minor — NECAS 2012
Type locality: Fianarantsoa, Betsileo, S.E. Madagascar
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 19184.108.40.206-45, three males and one female. Previously NHMUK 18220.127.116.11–3), G. A. Shaw.|
|Diagnosis||Original description: “This species is allied to Chameleon bifurcus, but considerably smaller, and also differing from It in several other respects.|
Snout of the adult male produced into two flat compressed horns, slightly divergent in front, and covered with large scutes; they are much approximated at their base, and connected by a transverse scute, which also, in the female, is persistent, although this sex, as usual, is destitute of horns.
Occipital region flat, slanting from behind forwards, with a rounded margin behind, and without lateral flaps. The dorsal crest is low, composed of a few isolated tubercles, and ceases towards the middle of the back. No distinct gular or ventral
median series of tubercles, the median tubercles differing so slightly from those on the side as to scarcely deserve the designation of crest. The scutes on the upperside of the head and on the cheek are rather large and irregular. No larger
tubercles on the body or limbs; heel without spur or prominence.
Dark greenish, with a white streak along the median line of the throat and belly; female, besides, with a similar white band along the hinder side of the hind leg, and continued for a short distance on each side of the tail.
Four specimens were collected, three adult males and one female; the largest of the males is 8.75 inches long, the tail measuring 4.5. The smallest male (which has the horns fully developed) is 7.25 inches long, the tail measuring 4 inches.
The female is the smallest of all; yet it must be adult, as it is full of mature eggs. It is only 5.25 inches long, the tail measuring 3 inches.” (Günther 1879: 246)