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Rhampholeon rubeho MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY, 2022

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Rubeho’s Pigmy Chameleon 
SynonymRhampholeon rubeho MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY 2022: 101 

Type locality: Mafwomero Forest Reserve in the Rubeho Mountains, at 1970 m a.s.l. (-6.8981; 36.5653), Mpwapwa District, Dodoma Region of Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MTSN 5013, Adult male in the MUSE, the Science Museum of Trento, collected in the Mafwomero Forest Reserve on 22 March 2002 by Michele Menegon, Andrew Perkin and Lucinda Lawson (Fig. 10 and Table S2).
Paratypes: Two adult females MTSN 5012, MTSN 5014, collected in the Mafwomero Forest Reserve on 8 January 1999 by Michele Menegon, Andrew Perkin and Lucinda Lawson.
Additional material: Three adult males – MTSN 8895, MTSN 8896, MTSN 8899 and two adult females – MTSN 8893, MTSN 8898 collected in Ilole Forest Reserve by Michele Menegon on 21 September 2006.
CommentInformation request form sent to authors on 4/2/2023 with details requested for next database release. 
EtymologyThe species is named after the mountain block (Rubeho) where the type series was collected and where it is considered to be restricted. The specific epithet is considered to be a noun in apposition. 
  • 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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