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Brookesia lineata
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Information
Common Name Lined Leaf Chameleon
Range Madagascar
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptiles
Order Squamata
Family Chamaeleonidae
Genus Brookesia
Species Brookesia lineata
Conservation Status
ENSpecies
Endangered

Brookesia lineata, commonly known as the lined leaf chameleon, is a species of chameleon that is endemic to Madagascar. It was first described by Raxworthy and Nussbaum in 1995. The International Union for Conservation of Nature ranked this as an endangered species.

TaxonomyEdit

Brookesia lineata was initially described in 1995 by Raxworthy and Nussbaum. According to the ITIS, the taxonomic status of Brookesia lineata is valid, as of 2012. Brookesia lineata is commonly known as the lined leaf chameleon. It has also been described by Necas in 1999: 277, and recently Townsend et al.' in 2009. It was named after the Latin word linea which means "line" or "stripe".

Distribution and HabitatEdit

Endemic to Madagascar, the lined leaf chameleon's type locality is the Manongarivo Reserve (Manongarivo Special Reserve). This chameleon has only been found at Manongarivo and Tsaratanana Reserves in Tsaratanana, Betsiboka at elevations around 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above mean sea level. It is found over a total area of 2,370 km² (920 sq mi). The International Union for Conservation of Nature has ranked the lined leaf chameleon as endangered, as it is found where slash-and-burn agricultural methods are commonly used to make space to plant coffee. Its population trend is unknown. It is found in protected areas.

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