n African Journal of Herpetology - A new species of chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae: ) from Mount Mabu, central Mozambique : original article

Volume 59, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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is a monotypic genus described to accommodate the Mulanje chameleon, . During herpetological surveys of isolated mountains in Mozambique a population of chameleons was discovered on Mount Mabu. It is referable to the genus , but features of scalation, colouration and genetic divergence distinguish this population from . It is described as a new species, , and represents the second species in the genus and the first record of the genus in Mozambique. Notes on reproduction in are appended. The discovery of the new species in a mid-altitude evergreen forest remnant on Mount Mabu emphasises the high conservation importance of the region, previously signalled by the discovery of a new species of forest viper (), and a number of undescribed butterflies and freshwater crab species in the region.

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