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Bradypodion occidentale (HEWITT, 1935)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Western Dwarf Chameleon
G: Wüstenzwergchamäleon, Namaqua-Zwergchamäleon 
SynonymLophosaura ventralis occidentalis HEWITT 1935: 297
Lophosaura ventralis — BROCK 1941
Bradypodion pumilum occidentale — KLAVER & BÖHME 1997
Bradypodion occidentale — NECAS 1999: 275
Bradypodion occidentale — TILBURY 2010: 290 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Little Namaqualand, W Great Namaqualand), SW Namibia

Type locality: Namaqualand, Cape Province, S. Africa  
TypesHolotype: SAM 933. 
CommentDistribution: For a map see TOLLEY et al. (2004). 
EtymologyNamed after L :. occidens (occidentis > occident) place of the setting sun, west; -alis/is/e adjectival suffix: western, denoting the western distribution in South Africa and Namibia as compared with other Bradipodion species (Charles Klaver, pers. comm., 11 Jan 2023). 
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  • Brock, G.T. 1941. The skull of the chameleon Lophosaura ventralis (Gray): some developmental stages. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 110: 69–137.
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  • Dobiey, M. 2006. Bradypodion occidentale. Reptilia (GB) (45): 43-46 - get paper here
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  • Hewitt, J. 1935. Some new forms of batrachians and reptiles from South Africa. Rec. Albany Mus. 4: 283-357
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  • Stuart-Fox, D.; Moussalli, A. & Whiting, M.J. 2007. Natural Selection on Social Signals: Signal Efficacy and the Evolution of Chameleon Display Coloration. American Naturalist 170 (6): 916-930 - get paper here
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  • Tolley, Krystal A.; Colin R. Tilbury, William R. Branch and Conrad A. Matthee 2004. Phylogenetics of the southern African dwarf chameleons, Bradypodion (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30 (2): 354-365 - get paper here
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