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Brookesia decaryi ANGEL, 1939

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae (Brookesiinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Spiny Leaf Chameleon 
SynonymBrookesia decaryi ANGEL 1939: 575
Brookesia decaryi — MERTENS 1966: 2
Brookesia decaryi — BRYGOO 1978: 16
Brookesia decaryi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 236
Brookesia decaryi — KLAVER & BÖHME 1997
Brookesia decaryi — NECAS 1999: 261
Brookesia decaryi — TOWNSEND et al. 2009 
DistributionNW Madagascar (Ankarafantsika Massif )

Type locality: Côte Ouest, forêt du Massif de l‘Ankarafantsika, Madagascar  
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1938.0158-0162 
EtymologyNamed after Raymond Decary (1891-1973), a colonial administrator in Madagascar (1916-1944). He was a zoologist, botanist, geologist, and ethnographer and was interested in anything and everything to do with Madagascar, contributing over 40,000 specimens of Malagasy flora to the Paris herbarium. 
  • Angel, F. 1939. Lézards, Scincidé et Chamaeleontidé nouveaux de Madagascar, des collections R. Decary. Bull. Mus. Hist. nat., 10 (1938): 574—577.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brygoo, E. R. 1978. Reptiles Sauriens Chamaeleonidae. Genre Brookesia et complément pour le genre Chamaeleo. Faune de Madagascar, 47: 1—173.
  • 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
  • Klaver, Ch. J.J. & Böhme,W. 1997. Chamaeleonidae. Das Tierreich, 112: XIV, 1-85
  • Mertens, Robert 1966. Liste der rezenten Amphibien und Reptilien: Chamaeleonidae. Das Tierreich 83: 1-37
  • MÜLLER, Rolf & Thomas HILDENHAGEN 2009. Zeigt her eure Füßchen - Bemerkungen zu Sohlen- und Schwanzstrukturen bei Chamäleons. Chamaeleo 19 (1): 13-24 - get paper here
  • Necas, P. 1995. Chamäleons - bunte Juwelen der Natur. Edition Chimaira bei Bücher-Kreth (Frankfurt/M., Germany)
  • 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, P. & Schmidt, W. 2004. Geheimnisvolle Mini-Drachen: Die Erd- und Stummelschwanzchamäleons der Gattungen Brookesia und Rhampholeon. Reptilia (Münster) 9 (48): 18-27 - get paper here
  • Necas, P. & Schmidt, W. 2004. Mysterious Mini-Dragons: the stump-tailed chameleons Brookesia and Rhampholeon. Reptilia (GB) (35): 10-21 - get paper here
  • 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)
  • Okajima Y, Kumazawa Y 2010. Mitochondrial genomes of acrodont lizards: timing of gene rearrangements and phylogenetic and biogeographic implications. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:141 - get paper here
  • 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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