Malagasy giant chameleon

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Malagasy giant chameleon
Female Furcifer oustaleti in the Anjajavy Forest
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Chamaeleonidae
Genus:Furcifer
Species:F. oustaleti
Binomial name
Furcifer oustaleti
 
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Malagasy giant chameleon
Female Furcifer oustaleti in the Anjajavy Forest
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Chamaeleonidae
Genus:Furcifer
Species:F. oustaleti
Binomial name
Furcifer oustaleti

The Oustalet's or Malagasy giant chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) is a very large species of chameleon that is endemic to Madagascar, but also has been introduced near Nairobi in Kenya (though its current status there is unclear). It occurs in a wide range of habitats, even among degraded vegetation within villages, but is relatively rare in primary forest. With a maximum length of 68.5 cm (27 in), it is often considered the largest species of chameleon, though some suggest that claim goes to Calumma parsonii. The diet of this chameleon includes, but is not limited to, invertebrates such as large insects. Prey is acquired with a long, muscular tongue.

Taxonomy[edit]

Furcifer oustaleti walking in the Anjajavy Forest

Its generic name (Furcifer) is derived from the Latin root furci meaning "forked" and refers to the shape of the animal's feet.[2] Its specific name is a Latinized form of French biologist Jean-Frédéric Émile Oustalet's last name, who first described the species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, R.K.B., Andreone, F., Andriamazava, A., Anjeriniaina, M., Brady, L., Glaw, F., Griffiths, R.A., Rabibisoa, N., Rakotomalala, D., Randrianantoandro, J.C., Randrianiriana, J., Randrianizahana , H., Ratsoavina, F. & Robsomanitrandrasana, E. (2011). "Furcifer oustaleti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  2. ^ Le Berre, François; Richard D. Bartlett (2009). The Chameleon Handbook. Barron's Educational Series. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7641-4142-3.