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Brookesia lambertoni BRYGOO & DOMERGUE, 1970

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae (Brookesiinae), Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Fito Leaf Chameleon 
SynonymBrookesia lambertoni BRYGOO & DOMERGUE 1970
Brookesia lambertoni — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 239
Brookesia lambertoni — NECAS 1999: 277 
DistributionMadagascar (Fito, east of Sihanaka)

Type locality: Fito a l’est du pays Sihanaka  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1921.0256; paratype MNHN-RA 1921.0 255 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Lamberton (1873-1960), French entomologist, teacher and secretary general of the Academie malgache in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He collected the type specimens of this species (Charles Klaver, pers. comm., 11 Jan 2023). 
  • Brygoo, E. R. & C. A. Domergue 1970. Notes sur les Brookesia de Madagascar. V. Description de deux espéces nouvelles: B. lambertoni n. sp. et B. therezieni n. sp. (Chamaeleonidae). Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat., Paris 41(5): 1091-1096. - 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
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - 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)
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