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Nadzikambia mlanjensis (BROADLEY, 1965)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymChamaeleo mlanjense BROADLEY 1965
Bradypodion mlanjense — NECAS 1999: 275
Nadzikambia mlanjense — TILBURY et al. 2006
Nadzikambia mlanjensis — TILBURY 2010: 430
Nadzikambia mlanjensis — LIVIGNI 2013: 287
Nadzikambia mlanjensis — PIETERSEN et al. 2021 
DistributionMalawi (Ruo Gorge Forest on Mlanje Mt.)

Type locality: Ruo Gorge Forest on Mljanje Mt., Malawi  
TypesHolotype: NMZB, previously UM 4268 
CommentType species: Chamaeleo mlanjensis BROADLEY 1966 is the type species of the genus Nadzikambia TILBURY et al. 2006. 
EtymologyThe species was named after the type locality.

The genus name Nadzikambia is derived from “Nadzikambi”, the name for chameleon in ChiChewa, the language used by the tribe that lives in the area around Mulanje Mountain in southern Malawi. The name Nadzikambe is Latinised by terminating it with the suffix “ia” thus giving it a feminine gender. 
  • Broadley, D.G. 1965. A new chameleon from Malawi. Arnoldia 32 (1): 1-3.
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • LiVigni, F. (ed.) 2013. A Life for Reptiles and Amphibians, Volume 1. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 495 pp. - 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)
  • Pietersen, Darren, Verburgt, Luke & Davies, John 2021. Snakes and other reptiles of Zambia and Malawi. Struik Nature / Penguin Random House South Africa, 376 pp., ISBN 9781775847373
  • 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
  • Tilbury C.R., Tolley K.A. & Branch W.R. 2006. A review of the systematics of the genus Bradypodion (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), with the description of two new genera. Zootaxa 1363, 23–38 (correction in Zootaxa 1426: 68) - get paper here
  • Tilbury, C. 2010. Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas, Including the Chameleons of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt M., 831 pp.
  • Tolley, Krystal A.; Colin R. Tilbury, William R. Branch and Conrad A. Matthee 2004. Phylogenetics of the southern African dwarf chameleons, Bradypodion (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 30 (2): 354-365 - get paper here
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