is a newly described species from
forest in western Madagascar. It was
found to inhabit dense subhumid
forest, dense dry forest with xerophytic vegetation
sharp limestone blocks, clearings covered with Pederia
creepers and forest edges. It occurs sympatrically with Furcifer oustaleti.
"Furcifer nicosiai is a large species which can be ascribed to the Furcifer verrucosus group for the presence of a high parietal crest and the absence of rostral appendages. Other features include: separated canthi rostrales, poorly developed but evident gular crest, markedly acute rostral profile, complete ventral crest and poorly developed dorsal crest extending from the nuchal region to the tail. The external morphology and the sexual dimorphism make this new taxon very similar to Furcifer verrucosus, from which it can be distinguished by: smaller size, different colour patterns and hemipenis ornamentation." (Jesu, R.,
Schimmenti, G. 1999, p 1)
Jesu, R., Mattioli, F., and Schimmenti, G.
1999. On the discovery of a
chameleon inhabiting the
limestone outcrops of western
Madagascar: sp. nov. (Reptilia, Chamaeleonidae). Doriana 7 (311): 1-14.
Wilms, T. 2000. Vier neue Chamäleonarten entdeckt! - Draco, Münster, 1(1): 80-81.