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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.
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.
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
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.