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Calumma Parsonii Ste Marie Madagascar.jpg
Calumma parsonii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Subfamily: Chamaeleoninae
Genus: Calumma
Gray, 1865[1]

Calumma is a genus of chameleons endemic and restricted to Madagascar. The species formerly named Calumma tigris was transferred to the genus Archaius by Townsend et al.[2] when they found that it is more closely related to Rieppeleon than to Calumma.


The following 33 species are recognized as being valid as of January 2017:

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Calumma.


  1. ^ "Calumma ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ Townsend, T. M.; Tolley, K. A.; Glaw, F.; Bohme, W.; Vences, M. (2010). "Eastward from Africa: palaeocurrent-mediated chameleon dispersal to the Seychelles islands". Biology Letters. 7 (2): 225–228. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0701. 
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Calumma peyrierasi, p. 205).

Further reading[edit]

  • Glaw, Frank; Vences, Miguel (1994). A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar, 2nd edition. Köln: M. Vences & F. Glaw Verlags GbR. ISBN 3-929449-01-3. 
  • Gray JE. 1865. Revision of the Genera and Species of Chamæleonidæ, with the Descriptions of some New Species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 465-479. (Calumma, new genus, p. 476).

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