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A review of the distribution and conservation status of Chamaeleo zeylanicus Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia: Chamaeleonidae) in north-western Sri Lanka

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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,

IUCN – Sri Lanka Country office, No: 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
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MAJ Saman Nawaratne,

IUCN – Sri Lanka Country office, No: 53, Horton place, Colombo 07, LK
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AA Thasun Amarasinghe

Taprobanica Nature Conservation Society, 146, Kendalanda, Homagama, LK
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Abstract

In this paper we discuss the current status of Chamaeleo zeylanicus including some observations related to the ecology, behaviour, current distribution pattern and conservation issues, based on the north-western population of the species in Sri Lanka. The area from Puttalam to Wanatha-Villuwa has the highest abundance of this species in Sri Lanka. They are deliberately killed by people in this area due to mythical beliefs and folk stories related to this species. Unplanned agricultural practices also destroy their habitats. The Sri Lankan C. zeylanicus population may be different from Indian populations and their taxonomic status has not been investigated.

Keywords: Chamaeleon; Behaviour; conservation status; distribution; Sri Lanka

DOI: 10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2765

TAPROBANICA, October, 2009. Vol. 01, No. 02: pp. 115-122

How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.S., Nawaratne, M.S. & Amarasinghe, A.T., (2011). A review of the distribution and conservation status of Chamaeleo zeylanicus Laurenti, 1768 (Reptilia: Chamaeleonidae) in north-western Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 1(2), pp.115–122. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v1i2.2765
Published on 27 Jan 2011.
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