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Trioceros ntunte (NECAS, MODRY & SLAPETA, 2005)

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Higher TaxaChamaeleonidae, Sauria, Iguania, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mt Nyiru Chameleon 
SynonymChamaeleo (Trioceros) ntunte NECAS, MODRY & SLAPETA 2005
Trioceros ntunte — TILBURY & TOLLEY 2009
Trioceros ntunte — TILBURY 2010: 696
Trioceros ntunte — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 300 
DistributionN Kenya (Mt. Nyiru)

Type locality: Kosi Kosi, on top of Mount Nyiru, elevation 2650 m, Kenya (02° 07’ 25’’ N, 036° 51’ 01’’ E).  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 73963, subadult male; Paratypes: ZFMK 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin phonetic transcription of the Samburu local term "n'tunte" (meaning "having a large belly") that is commonly used for chameleons in the vicinity of South Horr village. 
  • Glaw, F. 2015. Taxonomic checklist of chameleons (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae). [type catalogue] Vertebrate Zoology 65 (2): 167–246 - get paper here
  • Hughes, DF, Blackburn, DG. 2019. Evolutionary origins of viviparity in Chamaeleonidae. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 58 (1): 284-302 [2020] - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Necas, Petr, David Modry and Jan R. Slapeta 2005. Chamaeleo (Trioceros) ntunte sp. n., a new chameleon species from Mt. Nyiru, northern Kenya. Herpetozoa 18 (3/4): 125-132 - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • STIPALA, JAN; NICOLA LUTZMÁNN, PATRICK K. MALONZA, LUCA BORGH-ESIO, PAUL WILKINSON, BRENDAN GODLEY, MATTHEW R. EVANS 2011. A new species of chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae) from the highlands of northwest Kenya. Zootaxa 3002: 1–16 - get paper here
  • STIPALA, JAN; NICOLA LUTZMANN, PATRICK K. MALONZA, PAUL WILKINSON, BRENDAN GODLEY, JOASH NYAMACHE & MATTHEW R. EVANS 2012. A new species of chameleon (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae) from the Aberdare Mountains in the central highlands of Kenya. Zootaxa 3391: 1–22 - 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.
  • Tilbury, C. R. & Tolley, Krystal A. 2009. A re-appraisal of the systematics of the African genus Chamaeleo (Reptilia: Chamaeleonidae). Zootaxa 2079: 57–68 - get paper here
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