Scientists find Madagascar chameleon last seen 100 years ago

In a report published in the journal Salamandra, the team led by scientists from the Bavarian Natural History Collections ZSM said genetic analysis determined that the species is closely related to Labord’s chameleon.
Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago.(AP photo)
Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago.(AP photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 06:57 PM IST
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ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

Talk about good camouflage! Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago. Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said Friday that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation.

In a report published in the journal Salamandra, the team led by scientists from the Bavarian Natural History Collections ZSM said genetic analysis determined that the species is closely related to Labord’s chameleon.

Researchers believe that both reptiles only live during the rainy season — hatching from eggs, growing rapidly, sparring with rivals, mating and then dying during a few short months.

Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation. This photos taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a female Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. (AP photo)
Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow’s chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation. This photos taken on Sunday, April 1, 2018 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a female Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. (AP photo)
This photos taken on Saturday, March 31, 2018 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a male Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. (AP photo)
This photos taken on Saturday, March 31, 2018 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a male Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. (AP photo)

“These animals are basically the mayflies among vertebrae,” said Frank Glaw, curator for reptiles and amphibians at the ZSM.

Researchers said the female of the species, which had never previously been documented, displayed particularly colorful patterns during pregnancy, when encountering males and when stressed.

The scientist say that Voeltzkow’s chameleon’s habitat is under threat from deforestation.

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