Welcome to the second part of the ‘What’s with all these new chameleon names?’ series. In the previous article, we looked at the fact that the ‘two genera system’ widely in use prior to the 1990s started to fall apart during the 1980s; we also looked specifically at the chameleon genera Rhampholeon and Rieppeleon. This time round—surprise surprise—we look at... more chameleons
When it comes to male-on-male chameleon battles, sometimes its not all about whos the biggest or the strongest. Sometimes its about mastering what chameleons do best changing colours.
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
In the two previous articles in this series–devoted to the living chameleons of the world–we’ve looked at the full spread of chameleon diversity (Part 1, Part 2). There are the small, short-tailed leaf chameleons and pygmy chameleons, the little heartland-dwelling African dwarf chameleons, the sometimes giant Calumma chameleons, the ornate, sometimes horned Trioceros chameleons, and so on.