Kinyongia carpenteri

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Kinyongia carpenteri
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Kinyongia
Species: K. carpenteri
Binomial name
Kinyongia carpenteri
(Parker, 1929)
  • Chamaeleo carpenteri
    Parker, 1929
  • Bradypodion carpenteri
    Nečas, 1999
  • Kinyongia carpenteri
    Tilbury, Tolley & Branch, 2006

Kinyongia carpenteri, commonly called Carpenter's chameleon or the helmeted chameleon, is a species of chameleon, a lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae.

Geographic range[edit]

K. carpenteri has a geographic range limited to the mountain highlands on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


The specific name, carpenteri, honors the type specimen's collector, British physician and entomologist Dr. G. D. Hale Carpenter.[3][4]


Originally named in the genus Chamaeleo, the species C. carpenteri was moved into the genus Bradypodion prior to its current classification.[5][6][7] With the move into the genus Kinyongia, the masculine ending to the specific epithets of other species in the genus needed to be modified to match the feminine generic name.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Kinyongia carpenteri ". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ™ 2017-3.
  2. ^ "Kinyongia carpenteri ". The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ Parker HW (1929). "A new Chameleon from Mt. Ruwenzori". Annals and Magazine of Natural History, Tenth Series. 3: 280–281. 
  4. ^ 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. (Kinyongia carpenteri, p. 48).
  5. ^ Klaver CJ, Böhme W (1986). "Phylogeny and classification of the Chamaeleonidae (Sauria) with special reference to hemipenis morphology". Bonner Zoologische Monographien. 22: 1–64. 
  6. ^ Nečas P (1999). Chameleons—Nature's Hidden Jewels. Frankfurt: Edition Chimaira. 348 pp. ISBN 3-930612-04-6 (Europe) ISBN 1-57524-137-4 (USA, Canada).
  7. ^ Tolley KA, Tilbury CR, Branch WR, Matthee CA (2004). "Phylogenetics of the southern African dwarf chameleons, Bradypodion (Squamata: Chamaeleonidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 30: 354–365. doi:10.1016/s1055-7903(03)00211-2. 
  8. ^ Tilbury CR, Tolley KA, Branch WR (2006). "A review of the systematics of the genus Bradypodion (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae), with the description of two new genera". Zootaxa. 1363: 23–38.  -- see correction by Tolley et al. 2007.
  9. ^ Tolley KA, Tilbury CR, Branch WR (2007). "Corrections to species names recently placed in Kinyongia and Nadzikambia (Reptilia: Chamaeleonidae)". Zootaxa. 1426: 68.