New Chameleon from the the Northern Albertine Rift, Central Africa

02 February 2012 | News story

Known only from the highly logged Lendu Plateau, Kinyongia gyrolepis may already be severely threatened!

A new chameleon species, named Kinyongia gyrolepis, has just been described from the Lendu Plateau of northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the west side of Lake Albert. It is only known from an area that has been heavily logged and may be severely threatened as a result as the primary forests in the area are essentially gone. 

Kinyongia gyrolepis is the sister species to Kinyongia adolfifriderici and superficially looks very similar. Its name, however, is a reference to the enlarged circular scales that are found on its flanks, a trait not seen in Kinyongia adolfifriderici.

For more information, read the full paper here.