Scientists Found Chameleon Species in Congo

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Researchers from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) have found three new species of chameleons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The reptile trio, historically thought to be a single species, was found in different parts of the Albertine Rift in Central Africa.

Two of the chameleons were named Rugege Highlands Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia rugegensis) and Itombwe Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia itombwensis) — after the mountain ranges in which they were found.

The third chameleon, Tolley’s Forest Chameleon (Kinyongia tolleyae), was named after herpetologist Krystal Tolley, principal scientist at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, who has contributed significantly to chameleon research.

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