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Trioceros serratus (MERTENS, 1922)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymChamaeleo serratus MERTENS 1922
Trioceros serratus — BAREJ et al. 2010 

Type locality: “Südkamerun” (= South Cameroon); now Belo, Mt. Oku, Cameroon (based on neotype) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesNeotype: MNHN 2007.1494; the type specimen was probably destroyed during the Second World War (H. Wermuth 16.4.1979 in litt., in Klaver & Böhme 1992). 
CommentSynonymy: C. serratus has been synonymized with T. wiedersheimi by Mertens 1940 and subsequent authors but revalidated by BAREJ et al. 2010.

T. serratus can be distinguished from T. wiedersheimi by the temporal cristae which are distinct in T. wiedersheimi and indistinct in T. serratus, but this character varies within both clade (BAREJ eta l. 2010). However,these differences are not clearly shown by BAREJ et al. 2010 (Fig. 4). 
  • Barej, Michael F.;, Ivan Ineich, Václav Gvoždík,, Nathaly Lhermitte-Vallarino, Nono Legrand Gonwouo, Matthew LeBreton, Ursula Bott, & Andreas Schmitz 2010. Insights into chameleons of the genus Trioceros (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) in Cameroon, with the resurrection of Chamaeleon serratus Mertens, 1922. Bonn Zool. Bull. 57 (2): 211–229 - get paper here
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1922. Ein neues Chamäleon aus Kamerun. Zool. Anz. 54: 190-192. - get paper here
  • Trape, J.F.; Trape, S. & Chirio, L. 2012. Lézards, crocodiles et tortues d'Afrique occidentale et du Sahara. IRD Orstom, 503 pp. - get paper here
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