What is it about?

Based on our observations that juvenile chameleons in Hawaii have different coloration and use a differnt habitat than adults, we tested possible reasons this could be.

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Why is it important?

This species is endangered in its native range in Eastern Africa, but ironically is invasive in Hawaii and we recently showed it is causing environmental damage.


The other important point made here is that as adults, invasive chameleons tend to feed on a larger category of prey in a different part of the forest than when they are juveniles, leading us to a better understanding of the details of the threats posed primarily to endangered native invertebrates.

Dr Brenden Holland
Hawaii Pacific University

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This page is a summary of: Paedophagic cannibalism, resource partitioning, and ontogenetic habitat use in an invasive lizard, Ethology Ecology & Evolution, March 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2018.1441190.
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