Kinyongia gyrolepis GREENBAUM, TOLLEY, JOMA & KUSAMBA, 2012
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|Higher Taxa||Chamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Circular-scaled Chameleon|
|Synonym||Kinyongia gyrolepis GREENBAUM, TOLLEY, JOMA & KUSAMBA 2012|
|Distribution||Democractic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Lendu Plateau, west of Lake Albert)|
Type locality: DRC, Orientale Province, Aboro, 2.1115°N, 30.8338°E (datum = WGS84), 2142 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: UTEP 20338 (field no. EBG 2436), adult female, 7 July 2009, collected by E. Greenbaum, C. Kusamba, M. M. Aristote, and W. Moninga.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Kinyongia gyrolepis can be distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) rostral process absent, (2) moderate body size, adult SVL 61– 72 mm, (3) tail length longer than SVL in both sexes, (4) casque slightly elevated above dorsal crest, (5) dorsal crest with 5–12 low, spaced conical tubercles, becoming increasingly smaller posteriorly and absent by middorsum, (6) gular crest absent, (7) ventral crest absent, and (8) flank scalation heterogeneous, with enlarged, circular scales (sometimes with a hollow center, possibly an artifact of preservation) on the dorsal half of the flanks (Tables 2–3 in GREENBAUM et al. 2012).|
|Comment||Sympatry: Trioceros sp., Adolfus jacksoni, Congolacerta vauereselli, Trachylepis megalura, and T. striata. Acanthocercus atricollis kiwuensis was collected on lower elevations of the Lendu Plateau east of Bunia.|
|Etymology||Named after the distinctive enlarged circular scales on the lateral side of the body, used a noun in apposition.|
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