Taxon profile


Common Chameleon
Chamaeleo chamaeleon (Linnaeus, 1758)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  order Squamata - lizards and snakes »  family Chamaeleonidae - chameleons »  genus Chamaeleo - True Chamaeleons

Scientific synonyms

Lacerta chamaeleon Linnaeus, 1758
Chamaeleon auratus Gray, 1865
Chamaeleo carinatus
Chamaeleo cinereus Strauch, 1862
Chamaeleon fasciatus Smith, 1866
Chamaeleo parisiensium Laurenti, 1768
Chameleon parisientium
Chamaeleo saharicus Müller, 1887
Chamaeleon chamaeleon saharicus
Cameleo siculus Grohmann, 1832

Other names

= European Chameleon
= Mediterranean Chameleon

Least Concern LC



Chamaeleo chamaeleon - Common Chameleon

Author: Klaus Rudloff
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S Greece (Aegean Islands, Crete, Chios, Samos), Malta, S Portugal, S Spain, S/E Turkey, Cyprus,
N Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sinai, Israel, Jordan
Western Sahara, SW Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran

Included taxa

Number of records: 4

subspecies Chamaeleo chamaeleon chamaeleon (Linnaeus, 1758)

Chamaeleo chamaeleon chamaeleon

subspecies Chamaeleo chamaeleon musae Steindachner, 1900
subspecies Chamaeleo chamaeleon orientalis Parker, 1938
subspecies Chamaeleo chamaeleon recticrista Boettger, 1880

Links and literature

EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [214592]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Chamaeleo chamaeleon (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [157246]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Chamaeleo chamaeleon (Linnaeus, 1758)]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018

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