The Mayotte Chameleon or Furcifer Polleni


The Mayotte Chameleon, aptly named for its abundance on Mayotte Island of the Comorros, West of Madagascar, is one of the more versatile species of chameleons. An introduced species, it firmly established itself on the island and can live in most environments (Wikipedia). Its scientific name is Furcifer Polleni after naturalist Francois P.L. Pollen (1842-1886). There is not much information to describe this species other than that it reaches up to 20 cm in length and by photographs appear to have a prehensile tail. It has varying shades of light to dark green, a white band along the flanks, a rather small casque and a small rostral appendage, and a small dorsal crest made of tubercules.

As mentioned, it is abundant on the island of Mayotte of the Comorros and is found in most environments such as forests, woodlands, plantations, arid lands, and even in urban areas. They are found up to an altitude of 459 meters. This species was also introduced on the island of Anjouan (IUCN Redlist). Its range is the entire island of Mayotte covering an area of 376.5 square kilometers.

Furcifer Polleni’s abundance and versatility has earned it the status of least concern in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN Redlist). It is protected by law on the island of Mayotte (Wikipedia) but there is little information of it being exported (IUCN Redlist).

References:

IUCN Redlist – http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/199758/0
Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayotte_chameleon
Reptile database – http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Furcifer&species=polleni
iNaturalist – http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/33006-Furcifer-polleni

 

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