Rieppeleon kerstenii

Rieppeleon kerstenii is species of chameleon, a lizard in the family Chamaeleonidae. The species is endemic to East Africa.

Rieppeleon kerstenii
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Chamaeleonidae
Genus: Rieppeleon
Species:
R. kerstenii
Binomial name
Rieppeleon kerstenii
(W. Peters, 1868)
Synonyms[2]
  • Chamaeleo kerstenii
    W. Peters, 1868
  • Rhampholeon kerstenii
    Fischer, 1884
  • Brookesia kerstenii
    Loveridge, 1936
  • Rieppeleon kerstenii
    Matthee et al., 2004

Geographic rangeEdit

R. kerstenii is found in eastern Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and northeastern Tanzania.[1][2]

Common namesEdit

Common names for R. kerstenii include Kenya leaf chameleon,[2] Kenya pygmy chameleon,[2] Kenya stumptail chameleon,[2] Kersten's pygmy chameleon,[3] and pygmy grass chameleon.[1]

EtymologyEdit

The specific name kerstenii honours Otto Kersten, a German chemist and traveller.[2][3]

SubspeciesEdit

Two subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • Rieppeleon kerstenii kerstenii (W. Peters, 1868)
  • Rieppeleon kerstenii robecchii (Boulenger, 1891)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Tolley, K. (2014). "Rieppeleon kerstenii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T172535A1344556. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T172535A1344556.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Rieppeleon kerstenii at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 30 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b 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. (Rieppeleon kerstenii, p. 140).

Further readingEdit

  • Boulenger GA (1891). "On some Reptiles collected by Sig. Luigi Robecchi Bricchetti in Somaliland". Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie Seconda 12: 5-15 + Plate I. (Rhampholeon robecchii, new species, p. 13 + Plate I, figures 3, 3a).
  • Peters W (1868). "Über eine neue Nagergattung, Chiropodomys pennicullatus, so wie über einige neue oder weniger bekannte Amphibien und Fische ". Monatsberichte der Königlich-Preussische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1868: 448–461. (Chamaeleo kerstenii, new species, p. 449). (in German).