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Kinyongia fischeri (REICHENOW, 1887)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Fischer’s chameleon
G: Fischers Chamäleon 
SynonymChamaeleon fischeri REICHENOW 1887: 371
Chamaeleon fischeri — TORNIER 1897: 57
Chamaeleon tornieri WERNER 1902
Bradypodion fischeri — NECAS 1999: 191
Bradypodion fischeri fischeri — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 12
Kinyongia fischeri — TILBURY et al. 2006
Kinyongia fischeri — MARIAUX et al. 2008
Kinyongia fischeri — TILBURY 2010: 369
Kinyongia fischeri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 268 
DistributionTanzania (Nguru Mts.)

Type locality: Nguru Mts., Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 10744 
CommentDistribution: not in the Usambara or Uluguru Mountains.

Type species: Chamaeleon fischeri REICHENOW 1887 is the type species of the genus Kinyongia TILBURY et al. 2006.

Synonymy: Chamaeleon matschiei WERNER 1895 and Chamaeleon fischeri vosseleri NIEDEN 1913 have been removed from the synonymy of K. fischeri.

Subspecies: Both Kinyongia fischeri multituberculatus (NIEDEN 1913) and K.f. uluguruensis have been elevated to species status.

van Hoof et al. (2006) give REICHENOW 1894 as author of B. f. multituberculatum. 
EtymologyNamed after Johann Gustav Fischer (1819-1889), German herpetologist working in Hamburg.

This genus is named after the generic Swahili name for chameleon “Kinyonga” and identifies it as a genus that is largely confined to Swahili speaking countries (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). The name is Latinized by terminating the name spelling with the letters ia giving it a feminine gender. Thus the specific names remain unaltered.
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