Brookesia perarmata

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First description:

Angel, 1933

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Brookesia perarmata

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Tsingy de Bemaraha: -18.495238, 44.708862

Distribution:

This unique chameleon only occurs in a very special habitat, the Tsingy de Bemaraha national park in southwest Madagascar. Between metres high needlestones, deep down on the ground, there are small, humid oases – and near the Tsingys, there are dry forests which the animals conquered to live there. They are comfortable in foliage, low shrubs or shrubby greens. You can visit Tsingy de Bemaraha only during the dry season, because the roads leads through endless kilometers of offroad tracks. Sadly, the dry season is the worst time to find chameleons. Indeed it is extremely difficult to discover Brookesia perarmata at all.

Appearance & size:

This species has a very special appearance with numerous spines on head and body. Along the back and the belly, there are rows of pyramid-shapes tubercles that continue on tail. The eyelids and parts of the large helmet are usually somewhat darker. Brookesia perarmata reaches a total length of 11 cm. Adult individuals have a yellow head and a brown body, which sometimes fades into orange. Young ones are less conspicious with less spines and relatively uniformly beige coloured.

Good to know:

No other leaf chameleon has a similar spectacular appearance. Moreover, Brookesia perarmata is the only one species who made it to Appendix I of CITES. Trade with this species is strictly forbidden.



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature 29 29 28 26 24 23 21 22 24 26 27 29
Minimum temperature 23 23 23 22 17 16 14 15 18 19 22 24
Maximum temperature 32 33 34 34 32 30 29 27 29 31 32 33
Rain days 25 24 26 7 6 6 4 2 7 6 11 17

We have collected the data given above over several years with thermometers and hygrometers at the finding places of the chameleons. "Average temperature" means that values of a whole month have been calculated to one average value per month. For example all measured minimum temperature values of February have been calculated to one average minimum temperature for February. In plain language, this means single peak values of a day may be a little higher or lower than the average minimum and maximum temperatures. It is possible that a location has an average maximum temperature of 29°C, but one day during that month it had 33°C or even 35°C there.

Climate in Tsingy de Bemaraha is mainly one thing: Hot. Dry season here reaches from April to November, and this time is characterized by droughts that last for months. Usually it does not rain even one single drop for most of the dry season. One rain day per month might be the luckiest moment for people there. Few humidity remains in the small green oases between the Tsingys. During dry season, tempertures drop suddenly at night down to 10°C. But during the day, it might have 20°C and warmer.

The short rainy season serves as recreation for the plants between the Tsingys. Temperature even raise more during the day and may even reach 40°C mark. At night, temperature drop in rainy season is less strong.

Unfortunately, we have no UVB indices for Tsingy de Bemaraha available yet.

Unfortunately, we have no ground temperatures for Tsingy de Bemaraha available yet.

Habitat:

The following pictures show the habitat of Brookesia perarmata in the Tsingy de Bemaraha. This species does not live on the Tsingys, the needle stone rocks, but in the leftover isolated pieces of forest inbetween. The dry forest have a thick foliage layer on clay soil and much dead wood. Only during the rainy season, plants are green and blooming. During dry season, the forests are rather sparse.

Below you will find some 360° pictures from the Tsingy de Bemaraha. With the mouse you can rotate in all directions. If you click on the Theta logo, the images will open in an enlarged view in a separate window. There is also the possibility to execute the pictures in full screen mode. Have fun looking at them!

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Tsingy de Bemaraha, Region Melaky, West-Madagaskar, November 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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