Trioceros nyirit STIPALA, LUTZMÁNN, MALONZA, BORGHESIO, WILKINSON, GODLEY & EVANS, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Trioceros nyirit?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Trioceros nyirit STIPALA, LUTZMÁNN, MALONZA, BORGHESIO, WILKINSON, GODLEY & EVANS 2011|
|Distribution||Kenya (Cherangani Hills [elevation 2900-3150m], Mtelo massif [elevation 2276-3121m])|
Type locality: Gatau Pass (2500m), Mtelo massif, northwest Kenya Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: NMK-L3166/1, adult male, collected by Jan Stipala and Joash Nyamache on 21st July 2006.|
Paratypes. 4 males and 4 females. NMK-L3166/2, male, NMK-L3166/ 3-4, females, southern slopes of Mtelo massif (2200-3100m); NMK-L2990/1 & 5, males, NMK-L2990/ 2-3, females, Gatau Pass, Mtelo massif (2200- 2500m).
|Comment||Diagnosis. A medium sized chameleon (largest male 191mm TL, largest female 180.5 mm TL) with heterogeneous body scalation; short, forward-pointing rostral process covered in enlarged scales; straight to weakly curved parietal crest, rising gradually posteriorly to meet the lateral crests to form a prominent, moderately steep triangular casque; This combination of characters differentiates T. nyirit sp. nov. from other species in the bitaeniatus-group.|
|Etymology||Named after the Pokot word for chameleon, nyirit. The distribution of T. nyirit sp. nov. occurs mainly within the Pokot tribal area.|
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