Three new species of chameleons, from Central Africa

Main report: Three New Chameleon Species Discovered in Central Africa
Other Reporting: UTEP Communications,, ScienceDaily
Scientific Paper: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society   
New Taxa: Kinyongia rugegensis, Kinyongia itombwensis, Kinyongia tolleyae
Common Name: Rugege Highlands Forest Chameleon, Itombwe Forest Chameleon, Tolley's Forest Chameleon
Species named for: herpetologist Krystal Tolley
Categories: New Species | Reptiles | Species Discovery
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A team of herpetologists, led by Dr. Eli Greenbaum, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso, has discovered three new species of chameleons. The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.  The specimens were collected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between 2009 and 2014.  There are 206 described species of chameleons. “As chronicled the forthcoming book by the paper’s author, in Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D, “Emerald Labyrinth: A Scientist’s Adventures in the Jungles of the Congo,” the coming years will almost certainly be the last opportunity to discover new species in the rapidly declining forests of Central Africa.”

The Rugege highlands forest chameleon (Kinyongia rugegensis). Image credit: Eli Greenbaum.

The Itombwe forest chameleon (Kinyongia itombwensis). Image credit: Eli Greenbaum.

The Tolley’s forest chameleon (Kinyongia tolleyae). Image credit: Eli Greenbaum.

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