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Morphological and Roosting Variation in the Dwarf Chameleon Brookesia stumpffi Between Prim ary, Secondary, and Degraded Habi tats in Nosy Be, Madagascar

Morphological, behavioral, and genetic variation of a species in different habitats is central to understanding how and if a species will survive the demands of habitat change. It is well known that the morphology and behavior of ectotherms can diverge due to ecological variation, but there is limited research on chameleons, and their habitat is under threat by deforestation in Madagascar. I aimed to identify if Brookesia stumpffi, a dwarf chameleon from northern Madagascar, differed in their morphology and roosting behaviors in primary, secondary, and degraded habitats. I and volunteers conducted surveys at night by recording the type of substrate and the height at which adult B. stumpffi were roosting. Measurements of the morphology of chameleon were then taken using analog calipers. I found that B. stumpffi roosted on higher perches in secondary and degraded habitats compared to primary forests. Furthermore, there was a significant divergence in chameleons morphology between the habitat types. I conclude that B. stumpffi have diverged between habitats and that deforestation may be responsible.
year(s) of publication : 2017
author(s): Miller, C
countries: Madagascar
regions(s): Nosy Be

year(s) of publication : 2016
author(s): Fanning, E , Roberts, N , Clark, R , Williams, D
countries: Costa Rica
regions(s): Osa Peninsula

year(s) of publication : 2014
author(s): Fanning, E , Hyde Roberts, S , Daly, C
countries: Madagascar
regions(s): Nosy Be

year(s) of publication : 2014
author(s): Fanning, E , Hyde Roberts, S , Daly, C
countries: Madagascar
regions(s): Nosy Be

year(s) of publication : 2014
author(s): Fanning, E , Bamford, A , Ferrol-Schulte, D , Wathan, J
countries: Tanzania
regions(s): Kilombero Valley

year(s) of publication : 2013
author(s): Handschuh, M , Edwards, S , Bohme, W , Sovath, S , Hartmann, T , Ihlow, F
countries: Cambodia
regions(s): Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary

year(s) of publication : 2012
author(s): Fanning, E , Bamford, A
countries: Tanzania
regions(s): Udzungwa Mountains , Selous Game Reserve