Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

The Reptile Database

Name Relationship
Furcifer pardalis CUVIER 1829 Preferred
Chamaeleo pardalis CUVIER 1829: 60 Synonym
Chamaeleo ater LESSON 1832 (fide BRYGOO 1983: 4)
Cyneosaura pardalis — GRAY 1865: 354
Chamaeleo guentheri BOULENGER 1888
Chamaeleon longicauda GÜNTHER 1891: 287
Chamaeleon axillaris WERNER 1899: 183
Chamaeleon krempfi CHABANAUD 1923
Chamaeleo pardalis - DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 228
Chamaeleo niger - DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1836: 228 (ex errore pro Chamaeleo ater LESSON 1832)
Chamaeleon pardalis — WERNER 1911: 19
Chamaeleon guentheri — WERNER 1911: 20
Chamaeleon longicauda — WERNER 1911: 20
Chamaeleon krempfi CHABANAUD 1923 (fide MER-TENS 1966: 22)
Chamaeleo pardalis — MERTENS 1966: 20
Chamaeleo guentheri — MERTENS 1966: 17
Furcifer pardalis — KLAVER & BÖHME 1986: 59
Furcifer pardalis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 254
Furcifer pardalis — NECAS 1999: 223
Furcifer pardalis — D’CRUZE et al. 2007

IUCN Red List

Name Relationship
Furcifer pardalis (Cuvier, 1829) Preferred
Chamaeleo pardalis CUVIER 1829

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Furcifer pardalis CUVIER 1829 Preferred
Chamaeleo ater LESSON 1832
Chamaeleo guentheri BOULENGER 1888
Chamaeleo niger DUMÉRIL 1836
Chamaeleo pardalis CUVIER 1829
Chamaeleon axillaris WERNER 1899
Chamaeleon guentheri WERNER 1911
Chamaeleon krempfi CHABANAUD 1923
Chamaeleon longicauda GÜNTHER 1891
Chamaeleon pardalis WERNER 1911
Cyneosaura pardalis GRAY 1865


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