Kinyongia tavetana

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Kinyongia tavetana
Bradypodion tavetanum sleeping.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Kinyongia
Species: K. tavetana
Binomial name
Kinyongia tavetana
(Steindachner, 1891)
Synonyms
  • Bradypodion tavetanum (Steindachner, 1891)
  • Kinyongia tavetanum (Steindachner, 1891)

Kinyongia tavetana (common names: Kilimanjaro two-horned chameleon, Dwarf Fischer's chameleon) is a chameleon in the genus Kinyongia. It is native to southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. Its type locality is Mount Kilimanjaro,[1] but it is also known from Chyulu Hills and Mount Meru to the Pare Mountains.[2] Until 2008, it was widely confused with K. fischeri, but the ranges of the two species do not overlap.[2]

The species' length averages 9.5 inches, and it is usually brown, green and grey. Males have two "saw blade" flattened false horns, while the females lack these distinctive feature.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kinyongia tavetana at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Mariaux J, Lutzmann N, Stipala J. 2008. The two horned chameleons of East Africa. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 152: 367-391.