Chameleons of Africa: An Atlas is a magnificent, comprehensive and beautifully illustrated survey of these compelling animals, which have captivated the author since childhood. Having travelled widely in Africa in search of chameleons, he decided to compile his own field data and accumulated photographs with the already published literature. The book is aimed at both scientists and non-scientists.
There is a strong emphasis on taxonomy throughout. The higher systematics of the Chamaeleonidae is still evolving and the inter and intra-generic relationships are by no means settled. Here the tertiary taxonomy of the various genera and species presented is laid out in what in the author's view is the most parsimonious format, based on the work of Klaver and Boehme.
A major objective of the book is to provide an easy reference to the distribution of the various species. The maps are based on specific grid reference points, more correctly reflecting locality records rather than broad distribution zones.
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Colin Tilbury. 2010. 831 pages. Hardcover. ISBN - 9783899734515