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Furcifer polleni (PETERS, 1874)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymChamaeleon polleni PETERS 1874
Furcifer polleni — NECAS 1995
Furcifer polleni — NECAS 1999: 234
Furcifer polleni — NECAS 2012 
DistributionComoro Islands (Mayotte)

Type locality: “Comoreninsel Mayotte”.  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 7892; paralectotype: ZMB 8155 
CommentKLAVER (2008) demonstrated that the original spelling of the name, viz. pollenii is invalid. 
EtymologyNamed after Francois P. L. Pollen (1842-1886), a Dutch naturalist who collected in Madagascar (1863-1866). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Carretero, M.A.; Harris, J.D. & Rocha, S. 2005. Recent observation of reptiles in the Comoro islands (Western Indian Ocean). Herpetological Bulletin (91): 19-28
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Hawlitschek, Oliver 2016. Die Komoren, ein vergessener Hotspot der Diversität. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (6): 52-55 - get paper here
  • Hawlitschek, Oliver; Boris Brückmann, Johannes Berger, Katie Green, Frank Glaw 2011. Integrating field surveys and remote sensing data to study distribution, habitat use and conservation status of the herpetofauna of the Comoro Islands. ZooKeys 144: 21-79 - get paper here
  • Klaver, Charles 2008. Furcifer polleni Peters, 1873 (Reptilia, Chamaeleonidae): its nomenclature and types. Zoosystematics and Evolution 84 (1): 45-48 - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 1988. Haltung und Nachzucht von Furcifer polleni (PETERS, 1873) (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae). Salamandra 24 (2-3): 81-87 - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 2003. Getting started keeping chameleons. Reptilia (GB) (26): 11-14 - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 2012. Abenteuer Komorenchamäleon – auf der Suche nach Furcifer cephalolepis. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (95): 28-32 - get paper here
  • Necas, P. 1995. Chamäleons - bunte Juwelen der Natur. Edition Chimaira bei Bücher-Kreth (Frankfurt/M., Germany)
  • Necas, P. 2012. Chamäleons der Gattung Furcifer. Reptilia (Münster) 17 (95): 20-27 - get paper here
  • Necas, Petr 1999. Chameleons - Nature's Hidden Jewels. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt; 348 pp.; ISBN 3-930612-04-6 (Europe)<br />ISBN 1-57524-137-4 (USA, Canada)
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1874. Über eine von Hrn. F. Pollen und van Dam auf Madagascar und anderen ostafrikanischen Inseln gemachte Sammlung von Amphibien. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1873 (December): 792-795 - get paper here
  • Schmidt, W.; Tamm, K. & Wallikewitz, E. 2010. Chamäleons - Drachen unserer Zeit. Natur und Tier Verlag, 328 pp. [review in Reptilia 101: 64, 2013] - get paper here
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