- Rieppeleon kerstenii ( pygmy grass chameleon ) :
Rieppeleon kerstenii is a species of lizards of the family of Chamaeleonidae 1 .
Classification ReptileDB :
( Peters , 1868 )
Chamaeleon kerstenii Peters, 1868
Rhampholeon kerstenii (Peters, 1868)
Rhampholeon robecchii Boulenger, 1891
Rieppeleon robecchii (Boulenger, 1891)
Rhampholeon summon Meek, 1897
This species occurs in eastern Tanzania , in northeastern Kenya , in Somalia and in Ethiopia 1 .
It is a small chameleon, reaching up to 8 centimeters. It is color rather dull, gray more or less dark brown or cream, sometimes with small dark lines. It has the appearance of a dead leaf with a very rounded and flattened laterally. The tail is short (maximum 2 cm) and fine, but is prehensile and help to set the fine lower branches where it moves.
Females are slightly larger and massive than males. They have a slightly longer tail and especially thicker at the base, corresponding to housing hemipenis .
They have a fairly short shelf life, estimated at 3 years.
These are very slow reptiles, less active, which live on the ground covered with dead leaves rainforests. They sometimes climb on plants but never venture height.
They are diurnal and hunt insects or other arthropods small and drink water deposited by dew on leaves on the ground.
The females are oviparous and lay small eggs very ovoid on the floor. They incubate for a little less than two months on average, which is relatively short compared to most other chameleons. Females lay regularly during the year.
This species was previously classified in the genus Rhampholeon (as the Rhampholeon kerstenii ), but has been classified as a separate genre in 2004 with two other species 2 .
List of subspecies :
According Reptarium Reptile Database (3 September 2014) 3 :
-Rieppeleon kerstenii kerstenii ( Peters , 1868)
-Rieppeleon kerstenii robecchii ( Boulenger , 1891)
Conservation status IUCN :
LC : Least Concern
This species is named in honor of Otto Kersten (1839-1900), a German chemist who traveled extensively in Africa 1 . The subspecies Rieppeleon kerstenii robecchii is named in honor of Luigi Robecchi Bricchetti 1 .
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- Rieppeleon brachyurus (Günther, 1893) – beardless pygmy chameleon :
Species: Rieppeleon brachyurus
Name :Rieppeleon brachyurus (Günther, 1893)
Type locality: Shiré Highlands, south of Lake Nyassa, principally upon Mount Zomba and Mount Milanje, Nyassaland (= Malawi).
Holotype: (Syntypes): BMNH 1946.8.70—71 (2 specimens).
-Rhampholeon brachyurus Günther 1893
-Brookesia ionidesi Loveridge 1951: 179
-Rhampholeon brevicaudatus — Werner 1911: 46 (partim
-Brookesia brachyura — Loveridge 1951: 182
-Brookesia ionidesi Loveridge 1951: 179 (fide Broadley in Tilbury 1992: 7, and Broadley & Howell 1991: 14)
Günther,A. 1893. Report on a collection of reptiles and batrachians transmitted by Mr. H. H. Johnston, C. B., from Nyassaland. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1892: 555-558.
Loveridge, A. 1951. On reptiles and amphibians from Tanganyika Territory collected by C.J.P. Ionides. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool., Harvard 106 (4): 175- 204.
Leptien, R. 2006. Mimese und Abwehrverhalten bei Stummelschwanzchamäleons. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (4): 5-6.
Rieppeleon brachyurus at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 11 Mar 2008.