Swartberg dwarf chameleon

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Swartberg dwarf chameleon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Subfamily: Chamaeleoninae
Genus: Bradypodion
Species: B. atromontanum
Binomial name
Bradypodion atromontanum

The Swartberg dwarf chameleon, (Bradypodion atromontanum) is a chameleon in the genus Bradypodion native to southern Africa.


Taxonomy: For many years a dwarf chameleon of undeter- mined taxonomic status was known from the Swartberg area (Branch 1988b, 1998). A subsequent phylogenetic study resulted in its description as a new species (Branch et al. 2006b). Morphologically it can be confused with B. gutturale (Tolley & Burger 2007) but the two species are allopatric.

Distribution: Endemic to the Greater and Lesser Swartberg mountains, Western Cape, South Africa.

It occurs in the Swartberg Nature Reserve, in the Swartberg Mountain range. Here it is known from the area of Die Hel and the Swartberg Pass, near Prince Albert. Here it occurs in Mountain Fynbos vegetation.