Rhampholeon beraduccii MARIAUX & TILBURY, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Rhampholeon beraduccii?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Beraducci’s pygmy chameleon|
|Synonym||Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) beraduccii MARIAUX & TILBURY 2006|
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) beraduccii — TILBURY 2010: 167
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) beraduccii — GLAW 2015
Rhampholeon beraduccii — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 250
|Distribution||Tanzania (Mahenge Mountains)|
Type locality: Tanzania, Morogoro region, Mahenge Mountains, Sali FR [8°57'57.4'' S, 36°41'17.9'' E], elevation about 1000 m.
|Types||Holotype: MHNG 2655.019 (field tag TZ 343), female, 9 October 2001. Collected by J. Mariaux & S. Loader.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Chamaeleonidae, Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum). With the characters of the subgenus. A tiny brown chameleon with snout–vent length (SVL) 20.5–28 mm, maximum total length (TL) 36 mm, and a very short tail, 19–22% of TL. The smallest known Rhampholeon. Head with a well-developed nasal process and short supra-optical peaks. Head flat with very slightly marked crests, temporal crest very weak. Dorsal keel weakly undulated. Body with sub-homogeneous granules, but conspicuous shoulder spine present. Deep axillary and inguinal pits present. Claws bicuspid with small accessory spines.|
Differential diagnosis. Rh. beraduccii can be differentiated from other members of the genus by its smaller size, small optical peaks and the shape of its rostral appendage. Furthermore, members of the similar uluguruensis group, including Rh. moyeri, do not show inguinal pits, which are clearly marked in Rh. beraduccii.
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The new species is named in honour of Joe Beraducci, Arusha, Tanzania, as an appreciation for his generous assistance and help provided to the authors and to numerous other scientists working in the Eastern Arc Range of Tanzania.|