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Rhampholeon hattinghi TILBURY & TOLLEY, 2015

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymRhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) hattinghi TILBURY & TOLLEY 2015
Rhampholeon boulengeri — TILBURY 2010
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) hattinghi — GLAW 2015 
DistributionDemocratic Republic of the Congo (Katanga)

Type locality: path side vegetation at 1700 metres a.s.l., Mount Nzawa, Moba District, Katanga Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (6° 51.07’ S; 29° 35.87’ E). Map legend:
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TypesHolotype. PEM-R19194, an adult male with everted hemipenes, collected by Colin Tilbury and Isak Hattingh on 21st March 2010.
Paratypes. PEM-R 19193, adult male; PEM-R19195, adult male, PEM-R19196, adult female; PEM-R19197, adult female; PEM-R19198, adult female; all collected on the same date and locality as the holotype. 
CommentHabitat. All specimens were found in closed canopy Afrotemperate montane forest on low vegetation alongside a path. Perch heights varied from a few centimetres up to 50 cm from the ground. 
EtymologyNamed for Isak Hattingh, who enthusiastically but unwittingly agreed to accompany the first author on a trip which tested many boundaries. He never complained once. 
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Tilbury, C. 2010. Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas, Including the Chameleons of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt M., 831 pp.
  • TILBURY, COLIN R. & KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY 2015. Contributions to the herpetofauna of the Albertine Rift: Two new species of chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae) from an isolated montane forest, south eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Zootaxa 3905 (3): 345–364 - get paper here
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