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Bradypodion atromontanum

Bradypodion atromontanum, Source: Devi Stuart-Fox & Adnan Moussalli. Selection for Social Signalling Drives the Evolution of Chameleon Colour Change. PLoS Biology Vol. 6(1) January 2008. Available online at

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata Episquamata Toxicofera
Subordo: Iguania
Infraordo: Acrodonta

Familia: Chamaeleonidae
Subfamilia: Chamaeleoninae
Genus: Bradypodion
Species: Bradypodion atromontanum

Bradypodion atromontanum Branch, Tolley & Tilbury, 2006

Type locality: 500 m along road to Die Hell, west from Swartberg Pass, Great Swartberg, Prince Alfred District, Western Cape Province, South Africa (33°20’50”S, 22°01’40”E).

Holotype: An adult male (PEM R5744), collected by Colin Tilbury on 21 March 2002, DNA CT138.

Branch, W.R.; Tolley, K.A.; Tilbury, C.R. 2006: A new dwarf chameleon (Sauria: Bradypodion Fitzinger, 1843) from the Cape Fold Mountains, South Africa. African journal of herpetology, 55: 123–141.


Bradypodion atromontanum at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 11 Mar 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Black-mountain Dwarf Chameleon

The Swartberg dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion atromontanum) is a species of chameleon endemic to South Africa.[4]


For many years a dwarf chameleon of undetermined taxonomic status was known from the Swartberg area. A subsequent phylogenetic study resulted in its description as a new species. Morphologically it can be confused with B. gutturale but the two species are allopatric.[3]

It is a small chameleon not exceeding 12 cm. It is usually a pale yellow/brown with greenish hues.[5]

It is endemic to the Swartberg mountains, Western Cape, South Africa.[4] It occurs in the Swartberg Nature Reserve.[3] It is also found at Groot Swartberg.[5]

Swartberg dwarf chameleon is arboreal and inhabits mountain fynbos habitat.[3]

Tolley, K.A. (2018). "Bradypodion atromontanum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T42678970A115667055. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T42678970A115667055.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
"Appendices | CITES". Retrieved 2022-01-14.
Branch, William R.; Tolley, Krystal A.; Tilbury, Colin R. (2006). "A new dwarf chameleon (Sauria: Bradypodion Fitzinger, 1843) from the Cape Fold Mountains, South Africa". African Journal of Herpetology. 55 (2): 123–141. doi:10.1080/21564574.2006.9635545. S2CID 85304810.
Bradypodion atromontanum at the Reptile Database. Accessed 22 September 2020.
"Swartberg Dwarf Chameleon - Bradypodion atromontanum". Tyrone Ping. Retrieved 2020-11-18.

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