Furcifer angeli

Furcifer angeli Männchen 2016
Furcifer angeli Männchen 2016
Furcifer angeli Männchen 2016
CITES quotas
2017-19 each 150 specimen available for legal export

First description:

Brygoo & Domergue, 1968

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Furcifer angeli

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Ankarafantsika: -16.225224, 47.005005
Tsaramandroso: -16.362310, 47.042456
Port Berger: -15.600056, 47.620325

Distribution:

Furcifer angeli lives in the dry forests of northwest Madagascar. The distribution area extends from Ankarafantsika national park until some residual forests close to Port Berger. The latter are not protected which is why the few left dry forests are severely threatend by slash-and-burn agriculture. It is not easy to find this species and we have passed a lot of hours in the heat without seeing only one Furcifer angeli. In 2016, we could take pictures of a male for the first time. To get this opportunity, a lot of work long before we traveled was necessary to get specialized local guides and scouts. Due to their inconspicious colouration, these animals camouflage well and prefer to sit high up in trees, which makes search even more difficult.

Appearance and size:

Male Furcifer angeli grow op to 42 cm from nose to the tip of the tail, females remain less large with almost 30 cm total length. This species looks very similar to Furcifer pardalis, which has a more northern distribution. But Furcifer angeli has a longer nose appendage and a less spectacular colouration, the males are restricted to earthy and red-yellowish colours. Only when stressed they show their prettiest colours with bright white and orange stripes. Young individuals, that have no well-developed nose appendage and colours yet, are often confused with panther chameleons. Female animals of this species are almost only distinguished from panther chameleons by their finding places. Both genders wear white lips and a white lateral stripe as well as a dorsal ridge with small cone scales. Venter and throat sac have similar scales, that disappear towards the tail.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average temperature 27 27 27 27 26 24 23 24 25 26 27 27
Minimum temperature 23 23 23 22 20 18 17 18 19 21 22 23
Maximum temperature 31 31 31 32 31 30 30 30 31 32 31 31
Rain days 25 24 19 8 4 4 6 6 4 6 12 21

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 Ankarafantsika is hot and dry during most time of the year. Temperatures above 30°C during daytime are usual. Rainy season is rather short and only covers November until March. In this time, it is raining a lot and the whole forest blooms.

In April, the rainy season is over and precipitation is only measured few days per month. Many trees lose their leaves. There is morning dew and occasionally some rainfall, but that's it. During daytime, temperatures are a little lower than in rainy season, but temperatures still easily reach 25°C. At night, temperatures drop some degrees.

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

We have measured UVB data with a Solarmeter 6.5 in spring (beginning of 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 Ankarafantsika available yet.

Habitat:

This species inhabits Ankarafantsika national park which is an old, big dry forest. Close to Port Berger, their habitat has shrinked to few residues of forest with very high slender trees and dense undergrowth.

Hereinafter you can find some 360° pictures from Ankarafantsika that we took during rainy season. 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!

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Ankarafantsika, Region Boeny, West-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Ankarafantsika, Region Boeny, West-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Trockenwald im Nationalpark Ankarafantsika, Region Boeny, West-Madagaskar, April 2017 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

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