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Stephen W Common Horsefly
Common Horsefly commented on by Stephen W Boston, England, United Kingdom7 years ago

It looks like Haematopota pluvialis. These flies seem to feed on me every summer! they're my pet Hate

Stephen W Common Horsefly
Common Horsefly commented on by Stephen W Boston, England, United Kingdom7 years ago

I only know the common name for this, it's a Horse fly of some description

Stephen W Spectral Tarsier
Spectral Tarsier commented on by Stephen W Bitung, Indonesia7 years ago

Stunning photos of one of my favourite species. Congratulations on SOTD

Stephen W Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by Stephen W Tôlan̈aro, Madagascar7 years ago

Thanks for all of the moth ID suggestions Mike24

Stephen W Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by Stephen W Antsiranana, Madagascar7 years ago

I was told this could be Mocis mayeri (Boisduval 1833)

Stephen W Furcifer chameleon
Furcifer chameleon commented on by Stephen W Madagascar7 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 Furcifer chameleon
Furcifer chameleon commented on by Stephen W Madagascar7 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.

Stephen W Furcifer chameleon
Furcifer chameleon commented on by Stephen W Madagascar7 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

Stephen W Furcifer chameleon
Furcifer chameleon commented on by Stephen W Madagascar7 years ago

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

Stephen W Furcifer chameleon
Furcifer chameleon commented on by Stephen W Madagascar7 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.

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