Rhampholeon bruessoworum BRANCH, BAYLISS & TOLLEY, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Rhampholeon bruessoworum?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mount Inago Pygmy Chameleon|
|Synonym||Rhampholeon bruessoworum BRANCH, BAYLISS & TOLLEY 2014|
Rhampholeon sp. — BAYLISS et al. 2010: 17 (fig. 13)
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) bruessoworum — GLAW 2015
|Distribution||Mozambique (Zambézia: Mt. Inago)|
Type locality: wet forest at the base of a granite inselberg of Mt. Inago, Zambézia Province, Mozambique (15 ̊04'51”S 37 ̊23'37”E, ca 1478 m elevation. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: PEM R20375, adult female; Fig. 9A) collected by J. Bayliss, 5 September 2009|
Allotype. An adult male (PEM R20376, Fig. 9B), same collecting details as holotype.
Paratype. An adult female (PEM R20374), same collecting details as holotype.
|Comment||Size. Presumably a small species, as all three specimens in the type series were sexually mature, with turgid testes or developing ova. Largest male - PEM R2376 (allotype) 39. + 17.1 = 56.1 mm; largest female—PEM R2374 (holotype) 47.5 + 15.3 = 62.7 mm.|
Habitat: mid-altitude (~15 m) evergreen forest, composed of species such as Drypetes natalensis, Schefflera umbellifera and Newtonia buchananii; the mid-canopy layer (< 2 m) was dominated by Chrysophyllum gorungosum, Myrianthus holstii, bridelia sp. and Garcinia sp.
|Etymology||The specific epithet honours the contributions of the brothers Carl and Darren Bruessow to the protection of wildlife in southern Malawi, particularly via the Mount Mulanje Conservation Trust.|
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