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Trioceros kinangopensis STIPALA, LUTZMANN, MALONZA, WILKINSON, GODLEY, NYAMACHE & EVANS, 2012

IUCN Red List - Trioceros kinangopensis - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymTrioceros kinangopensis STIPALA, LUTZMANN, MALONZA, WILKINSON, GODLEY, NYAMACHE & EVANS 2012 
DistributionKenya (Aberdare mountains), 3500–3600m elevation

Type locality: Kinangop Peak (3500m), Aberdare Mountains National Park, Kenya. Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMK 3071/12, adult male, collected by Jan Stipala and Joash Nyamache on 24th February 2007.
Paratypes. 7 males and 5 females. NMK 3071/1, 3–5, 7, 11, males, NMK 3071/ 2, 6, 8–9, females, locality same as holotype; NMK 2536/1, male, NMK 2536/2, female, vicinity of Kinangop Peak. 
CommentSimilar species: T. schubotzi but T. kinangopensis differs in the lack of sexual size dimorphism, smaller-sized females, smoother, less angular canthus rostrales, smaller scales on the temporal region and a bright orange gular crest in males.

Diagnosis. A small, robust-bodied chameleon that differs from other members of the bitaeniatus group in having a combination of the following characters: tail shorter than SVL in both sexes; heterogeneous body scalation (fine body scales with small scattered tubercles and two lateral rows of enlarged tubercles on each flank); low straight casque; short gular crest (orange in males); scales on the temporal region moderately enlarged and graduating in size posteriorly to merge with the body scales; snout with sloping profile and smooth canthus rostrales [STIPALA et al. 2012]. 
EtymologyT. kinangopensis sp. nov. is named after the collecting locality, Kinangop Peak at the southern end of the Aberdare Mountains, Kenya. 
References
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Stipala, J. 2014. Mountain Dragons - In search of chameleon diversity in the highlands of Kenya. Jan Stipala, 124 pp., ISBN: 978-0-9928176-0-2 - get paper here
  • STIPALA, JAN; NICOLA LUTZMANN, PATRICK K. MALONZA, PAUL WILKINSON, BRENDAN GODLEY, JOASH NYAMACHE & MATTHEW R. EVANS 2012. A new species of chameleon (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) from the Aberdare Mountains in the central highlands of Kenya. Zootaxa 3391: 1–22 - get paper here
 
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