Scientists identify 11 new species of panther chameleon during two recent expeditions they have developed in Madagascar. The new species have led to a new classification of the reptiles based on their ability to adapt skin nuances to the surrounding environment.
Up until recently, scientists believed there was only one main species of chameleons living in Madagascar, the panther chameleon. Yet, a closer look at the rich and diversified fauna has helped them discover new subspecies that were reportedly hiding in plain sight.
As soon as researchers found out that there are new exemplars of chameleons they can study, they have organized two different expeditions in Madagascar. Thus, they were able to withdraw blood samples from the reptiles and to take more than 300 pictures for each and every new species.
Images have enabled researchers to determine certain specific patterns in chameleons’ behavior. Apparently, these lively colored creatures have a different adaptive ability to the surrounding environment. A new classification of panther chameleon could thus, be established taking into account the manner in which reptiles adapt to climate and the nuances they use more often.
The newly found 11 species of panther chameleon in Madagascar represent a groundbreaking discovery for biologists and genetics researchers. In their opinion, the new information has helped the scientific community get a clear view of chameleons’ behavior. Moreover, the subspecies will set the basis for further researchers that may be carried out in this field.
The recent expeditions and studies that Biology experts have made were also intended to draw people’s attention on the rich and beautiful fauna existing in Madagascar. According to the team of researchers, there are many more species living in this area that could be helped, lest people made the minimum effort to safeguard their lives and improve their environmental conditions.
Madagascar is one of the richest region in point of plant and animal species. Yet, there have been many deforestations in the area in the past few decades and scientists were forced to helplessly witness the diminishment, if not the total disappearance of rare species.
Biologists are glad that there are many more chameleon species in Madagascar, but they still think future efforts must be supported in order to prevent them from becoming endangered. The island was home to a vast multitude of lemurs. However, 90 of the lemur species are now extinct as a result of the recent modifications that the island has suffered. The remaining endangered lemurs are under the close surveillance and protection of Madagascar’s authorities.
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