Bradypodion nemorale RAW, 1978
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Bradypodion nemorale?
|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Qudeni Dwarf Chameleon, Zululand Dwarf Chameleon|
|Synonym||Bradypodion nemorale RAW 1978|
Bradypodion nemorale — KLAVER & BÖHME 1997
Bradypodion nemorale — NECAS 1999: 275
Bradypodion nkandlae RAW & BROTHERS 2008
Bradypodion nemorale RAW 1978 (part.)
Bradypodion nemorale — TILBURY 2010: 276
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Nkanala Forest, Qudeni Forest, Zululand)|
Type locality: Qudeni forest, Zululand, S. Africa
nkandlae: South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal); Type locality: Nkandla Forest, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
|Types||Holotype: NMSA (also as NMP or NM) 1474 (Natal Museum collection, Pietermaritzburg) |
Holotype: private collection, LRG Raw number LR900 collected by FL Farquharson, MN Harris and LRG Raw on 3 April 1977. This is presumably an immature specimen but no obviously adult specimens of this taxon have yet been collected [nkandlae]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized dwarf chameleon. Casque strongly raised. Subocular tubercle not or only slightly raised. Cranial crests developed and distinct but not swollen or horn-coloured. Gular lobes longer than broad. Throat region pigmented with white gular grooves. Flanks without longitudinal grooves. Dorsal crest distinct, continuing on tail.|
Diagnosis (nkandlae): A smaller species with raised parietal region of casque. Throat region pigmented, with white gular grooves. Flanks with red longitudinal grooves.
|Comment||Distribution: For a map see TOLLEY et al. (2004).|
Conservation: “Near threatened” (HILTON-TAYLOR 2000).
Synonymy: Bradypodion nkandlae RAW & BROTHERS 2008 has been synonymized with B. nemorale by TILBURY & TOLLEY 2009. B. nemorale is relatively widely spread and its precise species boundaries remain unclear, hence it is impossible to justify whether nkandlae or other populations deserve species status without more data (K. Tolley, pers. comm., 29 Feb 2020).
|Etymology||This is derived from the Latin, nemoralis, meaning living in or frequenting groves or woods, and refers to the preferred forest habitat of the species.|
Etymology (nkandlae). The Latinised genitive noun “of Nkandla” refers to the origin from the Nkandla Forest. If a common name is required, it is suggested that Nkandla Dwarf Chameleon would be suitable.