Rhampholeon nebulauctor BRANCH, BAYLISS & TOLLEY, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Rhampholeon nebulauctor?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mount Chiperone Pygmy Chameleon|
|Synonym||Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) nebulauctor BRANCH, BAYLISS & TOLLEY 2014|
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) nebulauctor — GLAW 2015
|Distribution||Mozambique (Zambézia: Mt. Chiperone Massif)|
Type locality: shrub understorey of evergreen forest on the southeast slopes of Mt. Chiperone Massif, Zambézia Province, Mozambique 16 ̊30'25.9”S, 35 ̊43'33.4”E, ca 1000 m elevation. Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: PEM R17278, adult female collected by J. Bayliss, 1 December 2008|
Allotype. An adult male (PEM R17281), collected by J. Bayliss on 27 November 2008; same locality details as holotype.
Paratypes. Three specimens, comprising an adult female (PEM R17277) and two subadult females (PEM R17279-80), all collected by J. Bayliss between 26 November and 3 December 2008, same locality details as holotype.
|Comment||Size. Presumably a small species, as all except the smallest female were reproductively active. Largest male—PEM R17281 (allotype) 32.3 + 11.6 = 43.9 mm; largest female—PEM R17277 (paratype) 48.9 + 13.2 = 62.1 mm.|
Habitat. wet forest at 1 m dominated by Khaya anthotheca, Strombosia schefflerii, Rawsonia burtt-davyi, and Drypetes arguta.
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a noun in apposition and derived from nebula (L. = cloud, mist) and auctor (L. = maker), i.e. ‘cloudmaker’, alluding to the ‘Ciperoni’, the local name for the cold drizzle that comes to the Shire Highlands of southern Malawi as moist air from the Indian Ocean is forced to rise over Mt. Chiperone.|
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