Tarzan’s chameleon (Calumma tarzan)

Zoology with: Tarzan’s chameleon (Calumma tarzan)

Five-inch-long (13-centimeter-long) Calumma tarzan was found recently in a tiny patch of forest on the vast Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, a new study says.

The new species’ name has multiple roots. For one thing, the chameleon’s habitat—in what locals call the Tarzan Forest—is near the village formerly known as Tarzanville (recently renamed Ambodimeloka).

For another, the team thought naming the new species after the vine-swinging “ape man” might be a good way to “promote the conservation of this species and of course of the forest that it’s living in,” according to study leader Philip-Sebastian Gehring, an evolutionary biologist at the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany. (national geographic)

Tarzan’s chameleon
Population size:
< 10km2 in Anosibe An’Ala region, eastern Madagascar
Primary threats:
Habitat destruction for agriculture
Action required: Support for nascent community conservation initiatives and protection of habitat

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