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Rhampholeon sabini MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY, 2022

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Nguu North Pygmy Chameleon 
SynonymRhampholeon sabini MENEGON, LYAKURWA, LOADER & TOLLEY 2022: 99 

Type locality: Nguu North Forest Reserve, 1200 m a.s.l. (-5.4803; 37.4753), Handeni District, Tanga Region, Tanzania.  
TypesHolotype: MTSN 5092, Adult male in the MUSE, the Science Museum of Trento, collected in the Nguu North Forest Reserve at 1200 m a.s.l. on 22 March 2002 by Michele Menegon (Fig. 9 and Table S2). Paratypes: Four adult males – MTSN 5192, MTSN 5193, MTSN 5198, MTSN 5199, two adult females MTSN 5195, MTSN 5197, collected in Nguu North Forest Reserve, Nguu Mountains between 15–22 March 2002 by Michele Menegon and one adult female MTSN 9082, collected in Kilindi Forest Reserve on the 7 February 2008 by Michele Menegon. 
CommentInformation request form sent to authors on 4/2/2023 with details requested for next database release. 
EtymologyThe species name is a patronym for Andy Sabin who provides financial support to many organizations and is actively engaged with community and environmental programs around the world. As an extension of his life-long fascination with reptiles and amphibians and dedication to environmental education. 
  • 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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