Rhampholeon sp.,

Conradie, Werner, Bittencourt-Silva, Gabriela B., Engelbrecht, Hanlie M., Loader, Simon P., Menegon, Michele, Nanvonamuquitxo, C, 2016, Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique's sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians, Zoosystematics and Evolution 92 (2), pp. 163-180: 170

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Rhampholeon sp.


Taxon classification Animalia Squamata Chamaeleonidae

Rhampholeon sp. 


Mt. M’pàluwé ( PEM R21202, female, 45.8 mm SVL; PEM R21203, female, 57.3 mm SVL; PEM R21204, female, 44.1 mm SVL; PEM R21205, female, 65.1 mm SVL; PEM R21206, female, 56.2 mm SVL; PEM R21207, female, 40.7 mm SVL; PEM R21208, male, 34.0 mm SVL; PEM R21209, female, 61.9 mm SVL; PEM R21210, male, 37.5 mm SVL).


This is the first record of a pygmy chameleon from Mt. Ribuáuè insolates forests (Fig. 4C). Based on the isolation of all the northern Mozambique inselbergs and high genetic differences reported by Branch et al. (2014), it is highly plausible that this new population represents an undescribed species. Most similar to Rhampholeon tilburyi  in external morphology.