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What's With All These New Chameleon Names? (part 1)

Chameleons* are among the most distinctive and charismatic of lizards, and a long list of anatomical features makes them unusual relative to other members of the group. Most of the sorts of things I have in mind (those grasping hands and feet, the protrusible tongue and so on) are well known. Less familiar is that chameleons are not all branch-climbing specialists with prehensile tails: the group also includes a substantial number of terrestrial, leaf- and twig-mimicking taxa, many of which are tiny.

19 hours ago — Darren Naish

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