Rieppeleon

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Rieppeleon
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Male R. brevicaudatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Rieppeleon
Matthee, Tilbury & Townsend, 2004

Rieppeleon is a genus of small, typically brown chameleons found in forests and savannas in central East Africa (extending slightly into adjacent DR Congo). They are found at low levels in bushes, or on the ground among grass or leaf litter.[1]

Etymology[edit]

The genus Rieppeleon was named after Swiss-born American herpetologist Olivier Rieppel (born 1951).[2][3]

The specific name, kerstenii, is in honor of German chemist and geographer Otto Kersten (1839–1900).[3]

The subspecific name, robecchii, is in honor of Italian geologist and explorer Luigi Robecchi Bricchetti (1855–1926).[3]

Taxonomy[edit]

Until recently, the species in the genus Rieppeleon were commonly included in the genus Rhampholeon instead.

Species and subspecies[edit]

The following species and subspecies are recognized as being valid.[4]

Nota bene: A binomial authority, or trinomial authority, in parentheses indicates that the species, or subspecies, was originally described in a genus other than Rieppeleon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spawls, S.; Drewes, R.; Ashe, J. (2002). A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa. Köln: Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-656470-1. 
  2. ^ Mattison, Chris; Garbutt, Nick (2012). Chameleons. United States: Firefly Books Inc. p. 92. ISBN 978-1-77085-121-4. 
  3. ^ a b c 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. (Genus Rieppeleon, p. 221; Rieppeleon kerstenii, p. 140; Rhampholeon robecchii, p. 223).
  4. ^ "Rieppeleon ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Matthee CA, Tilbury CR, Townsend T. 2004. A phylogenetic review of the African leaf chameleons: genus Rhampholeon (Chamaeleonidae): the role of vicariance and climate change in speciation. Proc. Royal Soc. London B (271): 04PB01731-04PB0173.9 + Appendices I & II. (doi:1098/rspb.2004.2806). (Rieppeleon, new genus, p. 04PB0173.7).