Rhampholeon boulengeri

Rhampholeon boulengeri, also known commonly as Boulenger’s pygmy chameleon, is a species of lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae. The species is native to eastern Africa.

Rhampholeon boulengeri
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Rhampholeon
R. boulengeri
Binomial name
Rhampholeon boulengeri


The specific name, boulengeri, is in honor of Belgian-born British Herpetologist George Albert Boulenger.[2]

Geographic rangeEdit

R. boulengeri is found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda[3]


The preferred natural habitat of R. boulengeri is forest, at elevations up to 2,300 m (7,500 ft).[1]


R. boulengeri preys on insects, including caterpillars, and also on spiders.[4]


R. boulengeri is oviparous.[3]


  1. ^ a b Tolley, K.; Plumptre, A. (2014). "Rhampholeon boulengeri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T172523A1344185. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T172523A1344185.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ 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. (Rhampholeon boulengeri, p. 34).
  3. ^ a b "Rhampholeon boulengeri ". The Reptile Database. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  4. ^ Schmidt KP (1919).

Further readingEdit

  • Schmidt KP (1919). "Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo Based on the Collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909–1915". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 39 (2): 385–624 + Plates VII–XXXII. (Rhampholeon boulengeri, pp. 595–597 + Plate XXXII, figures 7 & 8).
  • Spawls S, Howell K, Hinkel H, Menegon M (2018). Field Guide to East African Reptiles, Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury Natural History. 624 pp. ISBN 978-1472935618. (Rhampholeon boulengeri, p. 250).
  • Steindachner F (1911). "Vorläufiger Berichte über drei neue Arten aus der Familie Chamaeleontidae". Anzeiger der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse 48 177–179. (Rhampholeon boulengeri, new species, p. 178). (in German).