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Rhampholeon nicolai MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY, 2022

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Nicola’s Pigmy Chameleon 
SynonymRhampholeon nicolai MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY 2022: 103 

Type locality: Mamiwa Kisara North Forest Reserve in the Ukaguru Mountains, at 1970 m a.s.l. (-6.3716; 36.9248), Gairo District, Morogoro Region of Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MTSN 5592, Adult male in the MUSE, the Science Museum of Trento, collected in the Mamiwa Kisara North Forest Reserve on the 25th of January 2004 by Michele Menegon (Fig. 11 and Table S2).
Paratypes: One adult female – MTSN 5593 from same locality as the holotype. Four adult males – MHNG 2624.47, MHNG 2624.56, MHNG 2624.49, MHNG 2624.50 and two adult females – MHNG 2624.48, MHNG 2624.57 collected by Jean Mariaux in Ikwamba Forest Reserve (-6.3453; 36.9770) on 4–5th May 2002. 
EtymologyThis species is named after Nicola Colangelo, an entrepreneur and industrialist who worked in Tanzania for most of his life. He supported conservation initiatives and organisations, and before many others argued for the sustainable utilisation of natural resources. He was passionate about conservation for its intrinsic importance but also for a sustainable development of economies, such as low impact tourism activities. 
  • Kwet, A. 2023. Liste der im Jahr 2022 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2023 (3): 48-73
  • 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
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