Naturelle leaf chameleon

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Naturelle leaf chameleon
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Brookesia
B. karchei
Binomial name
Brookesia karchei
Brookesia karchei distribution.png
Geographic range of Brookesia karchei in Madagascar.

The naturelle leaf chameleon (Brookesia karchei )[2] is a species of chameleon, a lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae. The species is endemic to Madagascar. It was rated as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature on its Red List of Threatened Species. The species was described by Édouard-Raoul Brygoo, Charles Pierre Blanc, and Charles Domergue in 1970.


The specific name, karchei, is in honor of geologist Jean-Paul Karche.[3]

Geographic range, habitat, and conservation status[edit]

The naturelle leaf chameleon is found in Madagascar in Marojejy National Park (Massif du Marojezy or Parc National de Marojejy) centered on the Marojejy Massif.[4] It has only been found at elevations between 380 and 850 m (1,250 and 2,790 ft) above sea level. The species can be found over an area of 597 km2 (231 mi2), and is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature,[5] because of loss of "quality" forest habitat caused by the extraction of richly hued rosewood timber, although the true population of the species has not been determined. The extraction of rosewood is its main threat.[1] It is terrestrial and is found in humid forests at mid- or low-elevation. In the Marojejy National Park, collection of this chameleon, and all others, is illegal.[1]


This species was initially described by Brygoo, Blanc, and Domergue in 1970 as Brookesia karchei. This scientific name was later referenced by Glaw and Vences in 1994: 240, Nečas in 1999: 277, Townsend et al. in 2009,[4] and most recently Glaw et al. in 2012.[6]


The female naturelle leaf chameleon measures 30.7 mm (1.21 in) in snout-vent length (SVL), and has a total length (including tail) of 51.0 mm (2.01 in).[6]


  1. ^ a b c Jenkins RKB, Andreone F, Andriamazava A, Anjeriniaina M, Glaw F, Rabibisoa N, Rakotomalala D, Randrianantoandro JC, Randrianiriana J, Randrianizahana H, Ratsoavina F, Robsomanitrandrasana E, Carpenter A (2004). "Brookesia karchei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Brookesia karchei - Animals". AnimalsABC. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Brookesia karchei, p. 138).
  4. ^ a b "Brookesia karchei - The Reptile Database". Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  5. ^ "Brookesia karchei - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life". Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  6. ^ a b "Amphibia-Reptilia.Com". Amphibia-Reptilia.Com. 2012-02-16. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-10.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brygoo ER, Blanc CP, Domergue CA (1970). "Notes sur les Brookesia de Madagascar. III. B. karchei n. sp. du Massif du Majorezy ". Annales de l'Université de Madagascar, Sciences 7: 267-271. (in French).