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Rhampholeon

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Definition

noun

A genus comprised of chameleon species belonging to the family Chamaeleonidae endemic to certain parts of Africa, and is characterized by chameleon species that are relatively small in body length (i.e. full grown body length ranging from 5 to 10 cm)


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The chameleons are reptiles belonging to the family Chamaeleonidae. They are characterized mainly by their ability to camouflage or to change colour, long tongue, stereoscopic vision, independently mobile eyes, zygodactylous feet, and swaying gait. There are species of chameleons that are taken as a household pet. One of them belongs to the genus Rhampholeon. The genus is comprised of chameleon species that are generally small in size, i.e. with a full grown body length ranging from 5 to 10 cm. The species belonging to this genus are commonly called pygmy chameleons, essentially because of their relatively small size. One example of species belonging to this genus is the Rhampholeon spectrum. It is commonly called as spectral pygmy chameleon or western pygmy chameleon and is endemic to the mainland Africa. The skin coloration is typically gray or brown. The common habitats include forests, woodlands, savanna, and thickets.


Scientific classification:

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Iguania
  • Clade: Acrodonta
  • Family: Chamaeleonidae
  • Genus: Rhampholeon

Common name(s):

  • pygmy cham(a)eleon
  • African leaf cham(a)eleon

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