In reference to classification

Klink

New Member
When dealing with Jacksons why do we sometimes see it named two different ways? We see Chameleo Jacksonii, and Trioceros Jacksonii. Which one is correct, and why?
 

Chris Anderson

Dr. House of Chameleons
Staff member
The correct scientific name is Trioceros jacksonii. This species used to be classified within the genus Chamaeleo, but more recent examination of the family revealed that many of the species that had been placed within this genus belonged to other evolutionary groups. For a while the genus Chamaeleo was split into the subgenera, Chamaeleo (Chamaeleo) and Chamaeleo (Trioceros), but most recently the Trioceros clade was elevated to full genus. Therefore, Trioceros jacksonii is correct.

Chris
 
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