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Most individuals were found roosting at night on thin branches about 5–20 cm above the leaf litter in deciduous dry forest close to a small forest trail within a small area, surrounded by tsingy outcrops. At this locality, the species was relatively abundant, whereas it was not found at similar localities nearby, suggesting a patchy distribution and a preference for certain microhabitats. This hypothesis is also supported by the fact that earlier herpetological surveys in Ankarana [Bloxam QMC, Barlow SC (1987)], [Raselimanana AP (2008)], did not record any species of the Brookesia minima group.

When stressed, individuals can quickly change colour and display a broad pale vertebral stripe contrasting with the darker flanks.

The species epithet is an adjective derived from the Latin “confidens” meaning “confident”, “trusting”. The known range of the species is supposedly a well protected nature reserve with apparently limited habitat destruction. Furthermore, this area might benefit from natural protection by the tsingy limestone formations which are difficult to access, thus giving hope for the species' survival.

[Glaw F, Köhler J, Townsend TM, Vences M, 2012]

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