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Bradypodion caffrum

Bradypodion caffrum, Source: From 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 caffrum

Bradypodion caffrum (Boettger, 1889)

Type locality: Pondoland, South Africa.

Holotype: Not located; presumed lost (Fitzsimons 1943: 162).

Chamaeleon caffer Boettger 1889
Chamaeleo pumilus caffer — Hillenius 1959: 63
Bradypodion pumilum caffer — Klaver & Böhme 1997:25


Boettger, O. 1889. Herpetologiosche Miscellen. V. Transvaal, VI. Pondoland. Abh. senckenberg. naturf. Ges.: 286–296 (-316).
Nečas, P. 1999. Chameleons – Nature's Hidden Jewels. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt; 348 pp. ISBN 3-930612-04-6 (Europe). ISBN 1-57524-137-4 (USA, Canada). Reference page.
Tolley, K. & Burger, M. 2007. Chameleons of Southern Africa. Struik, Cape Town,100 pp.
Bradypodion caffrum at the New Reptile Database. Accessed on 11 Mar 2008.

Vernacular names
English: Transkei Dwarf Chameleon

The Transkei dwarf chameleon or Pondo dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion caffer) is a chameleon endemic to the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.[1][3]


Transkei dwarf chameleon are ovoviviparous.[3]
Habitat and conservation

Transkei dwarf chameleon inhabit low coastal forests. This habitat is deteriorating because of overgrazing by domestic livestock, clearing of land for agriculture, fuel-wood collection, invasion by introduced plants, and urbanization. The species occurs in the Silaka Nature Reserve, but is not known from other protected areas.[1]
Male Transkei dwarf chameleon, submissive coloration

Tolley, K.A. (2018). "Bradypodion caffer". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T176290A115658240. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T176290A115658240.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
"Appendices | CITES". Retrieved 2022-01-14.

Bradypodion caffer at the Reptile Database. Accessed 17 December 2014.

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