Journal article

Habitat associations and conservation status of an endemic forest dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion sp.) from South Africa

Walter J Reisinger, Devi M Stuart-Fox, Barend FN Erasmus

ORYX | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

We quantified habitat associations and evaluated the conservation status of a recently identified, undescribed species of dwarf chameleon, Bradypodion sp. nov. Dhlinza, endemic to scarp forest remnants in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. At the microhabitat scale the Dhlinza dwarf chameleon was found more often in forest gaps and near paths than highly disturbed edges or forest interior. Chameleon presence was not explained by forest physiognomic variables such as vine cover, shrub and tree density, or canopy cover. Presence near gaps may be better explained by the combined effects of the thermal microenvironment and food availability. The species is moderately common where it occurs, w..

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