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Furcifer chameleon

Furcifer cf.Timoni

Habitat:

Eastern rainforest, Marojejy (camp 2) 775m altitude

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18 Comments

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

What a cutie.. I love chameleon !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Super work Stephen W. This will only get more interesting. What a wonderful place.

Stephen W
Stephen W 8 years ago

Also this email:
thank you for sharing these very interesting photographs. This male
corresponds very well to a female of Furcifer cf. timoni from Marojejy
found between camp 1 and 2 that is shown in the original description of
the species (Figure 4, see attachment). Both, male and female of the
Marojejy form differ from typical F. timoni by a dorsal crest composed
of more and larger tubercles. These and other minor differences to F.
timoni strongly confirm my believe that the Marojejy form might
represent a different (new!) species rather than a local morph.

Stephen W
Stephen W 8 years ago

I received the following email today from Dr Frank Glaw:
congratulations for your great discovery! As I told you already in my answer to the chameleon group I am quite confident that you have photographed the first male of a new species although this cannot be ascertained without studying a specimen. One of my students is planning a research expedition to Marojejy this year, so I would be very glad if you could provide any additional information that could help to find the species. So far we only know that Furcifer cf. timoni occurs between Camp 1 and 2, but I am wondering about the altitude of your record which was given as 1250 m by Chris Anderson. Is Camp 2 really that high? Do you remember the name of that Camp 2 (Mantella, Marojejy, Simpona?).

In our field guide Furcifer timoni is named Furcifer sp. "Montagne d'Ambre" on page 306.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

I love second picture :)
It's like Jim parsons sleeping when he is sad (from Big bang theory),..

Stephen W
Stephen W 8 years ago

Since the previous comments i'm now having doubts about the identification of this chameleon and have posted photos to an international chameleon species specialist group and have received a suggestion that it might in fact be a Furcifer Timoni discovered in 2009. It's range is Montagne d'ambre and Marojejy NP. I'm hoping for a reply via email from Dr Frank Glaw the co-author of 'Amphibians and reptiles of Madagascar' for a correct ID

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Lovely! Great found!

Stephen W
Stephen W 8 years ago

The Dorsal crest is present in the subspecies Calumma parsonii cristifer which inhabits mid and low altitude rainforest

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 8 years ago

In all of the literature I have perused, males of the subspecies, Calumma parsoni christifer, are noted as having a dorsal crest.

Stephen W
Stephen W 8 years ago

Hi Claunchie,
The Fischers chameleon is native to Tanzania and not found in Madagascar.
Also we were with a guide who is regarded as one of the leading experts in Madagascar on Amphibians and reptiles and has had his work published. It's uncommon to find this species in Marojejy which is why all the local guides were very excited at this find.

claunchie
claunchie 8 years ago

That is actually a Fischer's! Did some digging around to double check

'Fischers has the spiked back, and Parsons has a smooth back with no spiked ridges. '

So cute !

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Fun fact! The parson’s chameleon is one of the largest chameleon species in the world, sometimes reaching over two feet in length! It is also one of the most distinctive looking, having two warty horns between its eyes. Like all chameleons it is capable of changing color for camouflage, temperature, and during breeding and territorial disputes with others of its species. https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pos...

Beauty !

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 8 years ago

wow......amazing shot!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Great shots.

jamiewgoodspeed
jamiewgoodspeed 8 years ago

very cool spotting

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Amazing

Stephen W
Spotted by
Stephen W

Région de Sava, Madagascar

Spotted on Nov 2, 2013
Submitted on Feb 24, 2014

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