Talk about good camouflage!
Scientists say they found an elusive species of chameleon last discovered in Madagascar 100 years ago.
Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said on Friday that they had discovered several living specimens of the Voeltzkow chameleon during an expedition to the northwestern African island nation.
In a report published in the journal Salamandra, a team led by scientists from the Bavarian Natural History Collections ZSM, said genetic analysis determined that the species was closely related to the Labord chameleon.
The researchers believe that both reptiles live only during the rainy season ̵1; hatching from eggs, growing rapidly, competing with opponents, mating and then dying within a few short months.
“These animals are basically dragonflies between vertebrae,” said Frank Glaw, who is in charge of reptiles and amphibians at ZSM.
Females of this species, which have never been previously recorded, exhibit particularly showy motifs during pregnancy, male encounters, and under stress, the researchers said.
Scientists say that the Voeltzkow chameleon habitat is threatened by deforestation.