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Calumma parsonii cristifer

Calumma parsonii cristifer in VOIMMA 2017
Calumma parsonii cristifer in VOIMMA 2017
Calumma parsonii cristifer in VOIMMA 2017
Calumma parsonii cristifer in VOIMMA 2017
Calumma parsonii cristifer aus Mitsino 2016
Calumma parsonii cristifer aus Mitsinjo 2016
Calumma parsonii cristifer aus Mitsinjo 2016
Calumma parsonii cristifer aus Andasibe
Calumma parsonii cristifer Andasibe 2014
Calumma parsonii cristifer, VOIMMA 2017
CITES quotas
2011-13 each specimen, 2014-19 each 300 specimen for legal export

First description:

Methuen & Hewitt, 1913

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Calumma parsonii cristifer

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Analamazaotra: -18.929752, 48.431940
Analamazaotra - Mitsinjo: -18.919197, 48.415632
Andasibe: -18.952727, 48.433914

Distribution:

This subspecies of the Parson’s chameleon mainly lives in the rainforest around Andasibe. They are rather easy to find in Analamazaotra and the communally led reserve V.O.I.M.M.A. The habitat is an evergreen rainforest and the animals can even be found in the gardens of hotel Feon’ny Ala. They often sit in head height.

Appearance & size:

Calumma parsonii cristifer is a little smaller than Calumma parsonii parsonii, but nevertheless has an impressive size with 55 to 60 cm total length. They have a green-turquoise basic colour with different accents. Males often have a distinct orange spot on the sides, they also have two nose appendages that are characteristic for Parson’s. Females have only very small nose appendages. The easiest way to distinguish this species from its sister species is to look at the dorsal crest: Cristifer has a ridge, and parsonii has a smooth back. Until now, we could not distinguish any “locales” in this species. Males with much orange colours as well as turquoise-blueish males and even green specimen live in the same areas, partially only few metres from each other. In females, we also could not find a difference between brown and green coloured individuals, neither which concerns age nor gravidity or finding places.

Gewichtstabelle

Weibchen = female, Männchen = male, Jungtier = juvenile, Gewicht = weight, Kopf-Rumpf-Länge = snout-vent-length

Since 2017 we measure the weights of Calumma parsonii cristifer found by us on Madagascar, as far as the animals (and our scales) participate. So far there are only a few weights, in the long term an average weight in relation to the snout-vent-length (measured from the tip of the nose to the cloaca) for each species should be read off from as large a number of measurements as possible. This means that unfortunately not too much can be read out of the current tables, but they can be a first clue. It is important to know that all weights were measured towards the end of the rainy season (= best food supply), so they are probably maximum weights in Madagascar. Triangular symbols in females do not mean pregnant, round symbols mean pregnant.

 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature 23 24 23 23 22 19 19 19 20 21 22 23
Minimum temperature20 20 20 19 18 15 15 15 15 16 18 19
Maximum temperature 27 27 27 27 25 23 23 23 24 25 26 27
Rain days 27 24 19 17 18 21 20 15 16 20 25

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.

The region around Andasibe with the belonging forests Mantadia and Analamazaotra is located in Madagascar's eastern highlands at elevations between 900 and 1250 m above sea level. Thus temperatures sometimes reach temperatures above 25°C, but thermometers rarely climbs above 30°C or only in sunny places. At night, temperatures always drop to 10° to 15°C.

Humidity in Andasibe's rainforest is high all year long. During rainy season, it rains intensively every day, sometimes rain even lasts for days. But also dry season does not differ much besides the fact of cooler temperatures. It still rains at least every other day, in most years more often. Rain, humidity and temperature drop at night are the key features of the region around Andasibe.

2014 UVI Andasibe 2016 UVI Andasibe
Tageszeit = day time, Sonne = sun, Halbschatten = half shade, Schatten = shade

We have measured UVB data with a Solarmeter 6.5 in spring (March, April) at the peak of activity of chameleons in Madagascar. We always measured the values that a chameleon could maximally reach in its habitat.

Unfortunately, we have no ground temperatures for the region of Andasibe available yet.

Habitat:

The following pictures show habitats of Calumma parsonii cristifer in the region of Andasibe. Some are even from finding places of the species. The rainforest of this area consists of slender trees. Calumma parsonii cristifer prefers high trees with thick branches inside the rainforest. Sometimes you can also find them in secondary vegetation when there’s nothing else around.

Hereinafter you can find some 360° pictures from Andasibe. You can move inside these pictures via mouse click in all directions. If you click on the Theta logo, a new window with an enlarged view will open. You will also have the opportunity to look at the pictures in full screen mode. Enjoy!

Regenwald im Reservat V.O.I.M.M.A., Andasibe, Region Alaotra-Mangoro, östliches Hochland, Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Reservat V.O.I.M.M.A., Andasibe, Region Alaotra-Mangoro, östliches Hochland, Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Reservat V.O.I.M.M.A., Andasibe, Region Alaotra-Mangoro, östliches Hochland, Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Reservat V.O.I.M.M.A., Andasibe, Region Alaotra-Mangoro, östliches Hochland, Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Regenwald im Nationalpark Andasibe-Mantadia (Analamazaotra), Andasibe, Region Alaotra-Mangoro, östliches Hochland, Madagaskar, April 2018 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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