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Rieppeleon brachyurus (GÜNTHER, 1893)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymRhampholeon brachyurus GÜNTHER 1893
Brookesia ionidesi LOVERIDGE 1951: 179
Rhampholeon brevicaudatus — WERNER 1911: 46 (partim)
Brookesia ionidesi LOVERIDGE 1951: 179
Brookesia brachyura — LOVERIDGE 1951: 182
Brookesia brachyura brachyura — LOVERIDGE 1953: 192
Brookesia brachyura ionidesi — LOVERIDGE 1953: 193
Brookesia brachyura brachyura — MERTENS 1966
Brookesia brachyura ionidesi — MERTENS 1966: 1
Rhampholeon brachyurus — NECAS 1999: 284
Rhampholeon brachyurus — SPAWLS et al. 2001
Rieppeleon brachyurus — MATTHEE et al. 2004
Rieppeleon brachyurus — LEPTIEN 2006
Rieppeleon brachyurus — TILBURY 2010: 207 
DistributionMalawi, Mozambique, SE Tanzania

Type locality: Shiré Highlands, south of Lake Nyassa, principally upon Mount Zomba and Mount Milanje, Nyassaland (= Malawi).

Terra typica (ionidesi): Kilwa, southern province, Tanganyika Territory (= Tanzania). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.70—71 (2 specimens)
Holotype: MCZ 51301 (ionidesi) 
CommentMax total length 54 mm.

Synonymy: partly after BROADLEY in TILBURY 1992: 7, and BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 14. 
Etymologybrachy (greek) = short, ur (greek) = tail (note that the meanins is the same as in brevicaudatus [LAtin] but in Greek). 
References
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1893. Report on a collection of reptiles and batrachians transmitted by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C. B., from Nyassaland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1892: 555-558 [1892] - get paper here
  • Klaver,Ch. 1979. A review of Brookesia systematics with special reference to lung-morphology (Reptilia: Sauria: Chamaeleonidae). Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 30 (1-2): 162-175 - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 2006. Mimese und Abwehrverhalten bei Stummelschwanzchamäleons. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (60): 5-6 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1951. On reptiles and amphibians from Tanganyika Territory collected by C.J.P. Ionides. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 106 (4): 175- 204. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1953. Zoological Results of a fifth expedition to East Africa. III. Reptiles from Nyasaland and Tete. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 110 (3): 142-322. - get paper here
  • Mariaux, Jean and Colin R. Tilbury. 2006. The pygmy chameleons of the eastern Arc range (Tanzania): Evolutionary relationships and the description of three new species of Rhampholeon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae). The Herpetological Journal 16 (3): 315-331
  • Matthee, C.; Tilbury, C.R. & Townsend, T. 2004. A phylogenetic review of the African leaf chameleons: genus Rhampholeon (Chamaeleonidae): the role of vicariance and climate change in speciation. Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) B271: 1967-1975 - get paper here
  • Menegon, M.; Salvidio, S. & Tilbury, C. 2002. A new dwarf chamaeleon from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, East Africa (Squamata: Rhampholeon Günther 1874). Journal of Herpetology 36 (1): 51-57 - get paper here
  • Mertens, Robert 1966. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien: Chamaeleonidae. Das Tierreich 83: 1-37
  • Necas, P. & Schmidt, W. 2004. Stump-tailed Chameleons. Miniature Dragons of the Rainforest. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 256 pp. [review in Elaphe 14 (1): 24]
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - 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, C. R. 1992. A new dwarf forest chameleon ( Sauria: Rhampholeon Gunther 1874) from Malawi, central Africa. Tropical Zoology 5: 1-9. - get paper here
 
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