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Brookesia bonsi RAMANANTSOA, 1980

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae (Brookesiinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymBrookesia bonsi RAMANANTSOA 1980
Brookesia bonsi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 236
Brookesia bonsi — NECAS 1999: 276
Brookesia bonsi — TOWNSEND et al. 2009 
DistributionMadagascar (Reserve naturelle no. 8 du Tsingy de Namoroka, Soalala)

Type locality: Réserve naturelle no. 8 du Tsingy de Namoroka (Soalala), Madagascar.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1978.1992, male; paratypes MNHN-RA 1978.1993-1995 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after Jacques Bons (b. 1933), a herpetologist at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • CROTTINI, ANGELICA; AURÉLIEN MIRALLES, FRANK GLAW, D. JAMES HARRIS, ALEXANDRA LIMA & MIGUEL VENCES 2012. Description of a new pygmy chameleon (Chamaeleonidae: Brookesia) from central Madagascar. Zootaxa 3490: 63–74 - get paper here
  • Gardner CJ, Raxworthy CJ, Metcalfe K, Raselimanana AP, Smith RJ, Davies ZG 2015. Comparing Methods for Prioritising Protected Areas for Investment: A Case Study Using Madagascar’s Dry Forest Reptiles. PLoS One 10 (7): e0132803, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132803 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Glaw, Frank; Njaratiana A. Raharinoro, Rojo N. Ravelojaona, David Prötzel & Miguel Vences 2022. New records of threatened leaf chameleons highlight unexpected genetic diversity of the Brookesia decaryi/B. bonsi species complex in western Madagascar Zool. Garten N.F. 90: 71-80 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Necas, P. & Schmidt, W. 2004. Stump-tailed Chameleons. Miniature Dragons of the Rainforest. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 256 pp. [review in Elaphe 14 (1): 24]
  • Necas, Petr 1999. Chameleons - Nature's Hidden Jewels. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt; 348 pp.; ISBN 3-930612-04-6 (Europe)<br />ISBN 1-57524-137-4 (USA, Canada)
  • Ramanantsoa, G. A. 1980. Description de deux nouvelles espéces de Brookesia (Reptilia, Squamata, Chamaeleonidae): B. legendrei et B. bonsi. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat., Paris 4(1): 685-693 [1979]
  • Schmidt, W.; Tamm, K. & Wallikewitz, E. 2010. Chamäleons - Drachen unserer Zeit. Natur und Tier Verlag, 328 pp. [review in Reptilia 101: 64, 2013] - get paper here
  • Schneider, C. 2016. Reptiliensuche auf Madagaskar. Reptilia 21 (118): 74-79 - get paper here
  • Townsend, T.M.; Vieites, D.R.; Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2009. Testing Species-Level Diversification Hypotheses in Madagascar: The Case of Microendemic Brookesia Leaf Chameleons. Systematic Biology 58 (6):641–656 - get paper here
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