Tiniest chameleon found in Madagascar

2012-02-15 19:30

Berlin - The world's tiniest chameleon, small enough to fit on a matchstick, has been discovered on an offshore Madagascan island, biologists announced on Wednesday.

The lizard, which was given the name Brookesia micra, is monochrome, unlike its full-size cousins which can change their colour.

"It's brown, the perfect camouflage," said Joern Koehler of Germany's Darmstadt State Museum, one of the chameleon discoverers who published the find in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

The creature, with a 16mm body, measures 29mm with its tail fully extended. It lives only in leaf litter on the forest floor of the island of Nosy Hara.

Koehler said he feared the species could be wiped out by illegal deforestation.

  • Jako - 2012-02-15 20:22

    couldnt find us a photo there on your internet machine, huh News24?

      Megan - 2012-02-15 20:48

      The picture is right there - but let's be honest, it's a 16mm camouflager, it's basically the ninja of chameleons.

      Wade - 2012-02-16 09:14

      ye cant u see it? it hiding on the letter "n"

      J-Man - 2012-02-16 09:49

      Haha Megan! Ninja chameleon! Awesome!

  • Lynda - 2012-02-15 20:26

    Would love to see what it looks like

  • Fanie - 2012-02-15 20:39

  • Fredster - 2012-02-16 07:27

    Awesome...God always provide new things for us to find

  • Che - 2012-02-16 12:07

    It such a shame that deforestation of Madagascar are more that two thirds of the island already (if not more). This could mean this wonderful find could be without a home in the near future :( PS. there's a small thumbnail (photo) in the main science and technology section.

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