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Rhampholeon moyeri MENEGON, SALVIDIO & TILBURY, 2002

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Moyer’s pygmy chameleon 
SynonymRhampholeon moyeri MENEGON, SALVIDIO & TILBURY 2002
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) moyeri — MATTHEE et al. 2004
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) moyeri — TILBURY 2010: 181
Rhampholeon (Rhinodigitum) moyeri — GLAW 2015
Rhampholeon moyeri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 252
Rhampholeon moyeri — MENEGON et al. 2022: 92 
DistributionTanzania (Udzungwa Mts.)

Type locality: Kihanga valley, Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve (Luhega), Udzungwa Mountains, SE Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MTSN 006TA; Paratypes: ZFMK 73964 (ex-MTSN 004TA; erroneously published as ZFMK 73963 by MENEGON, SALVIDIO & TtLBURY, 2002) and ZFMK 73965 (ex-MTSN 009TA). 
CommentMax. total length 64 mm (females; males: 51 mm). 
EtymologyNamed after David Moyer who collected the first known specimen. 
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  • FISSEHA, MAKDA; JEAN MARIAUX, MICHELE MENEGON 2013. The “Rhampholeon uluguruensis complex” (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) and the taxonomic status of the pygmy chameleons in Tanzania. Zootaxa 3746 (3): 439–453 - get paper here
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Hildenhagen, T. 2005. Zur Biologie und Verbreitung tansanischer Stummeschwanzchamäleons der neuen Untergattung Rhinodigitum MATTHEE, TILBURY & TOWNSEND 2004 mit Bemerkungen zur Haltung und Vemehrung. Elaphe 13 (4): 31-42
  • Lyakurwa, J.V., Howell, K.M., Munishi, L.K., Treydte, A.C. 2019. Uzungwa Scarp Nature Forest Reserve; a unique hotspot for reptiles in Tanzania. Acta Herpetologica 14 (1): 3-14 - get paper here
  • Lyakurwa, John Valentine 2017. The Reptiles of the Uzungwa Scarp Forest Reserve (USFR): An Updated Checklist with Notes on Dagger-Tooth Vine Snake Xyelodontophis uluguruensis. Journal of East African Natural History 106(2):57-65. - get paper here
  • Mariaux, Jean and Colin R. Tilbury. 2006. The pygmy chameleons of the eastern Arc range (Tanzania): Evolutionary relationships and the description of three new species of Rhampholeon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae). The Herpetological Journal 16 (3): 315-331 - get paper here
  • Matthee, C.; Tilbury, C.R. & Townsend, T. 2004. A phylogenetic review of the African leaf chameleons: genus Rhampholeon (Chamaeleonidae): the role of vicariance and climate change in speciation. Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) B271: 1967-1975 - get paper here
  • Menegon, M., Lyakurwa, J. V., Loader, S. P., & Tolley, K. A. 2022. Cryptic diversity in pygmy chameleons (Chamaeleonidae: Rhampholeon) of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, with description of six new species. Acta Herpetologica, 17(2), 85-113 - get paper here
  • Menegon, M.; Salvidio, S. & Tilbury, C. 2002. A new dwarf chamaeleon from the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, East Africa (Squamata: Rhampholeon Günther 1874). Journal of Herpetology 36 (1): 51-57 - 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]
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