Words From the Editor

By Christopher V. Anderson


Anderson, C.V. (2005). Words from the editor. Chameleons! Online E-Zine, February 2005. (http://www.chameleonnews.com/05FebAndersonWFTE.html)

Dear Chameleons! E-Zine Readers,

I’m very pleased to bring you this issue. This issue marks the fourth issue that the current Chameleons! E-Zine staff has provided the chameleon community with. In our quarterly publication schedule, it ends our first year’s worth of effort of producing this excellent resource. I’d like to congratulate Brandy and Franco for all their help over the past year! I’d also like to thank our readers for their support and encouragement. We’ve seen the usage statistics increase steadily over the past year and I hope we will continue to grow over our future issues to come.

This issue has two species profile articles. The first, on Chamaeleo (Trioceros) wiedersheimi, is brought to us by Mike Coraggio. Mike’s experience with this species over the years has provided him with quite a number of successful breedings and he has been kind enough to share these experiences with us. The second, on Chamaeleo (Chamaeleo) africanus, is care of a Slovenian chameleon breeder, Gasper Gomboc. In his article, Gasper outlines his experiences with keeping and breeding Ch. africanus and discusses helpful hints that he learned while working with this species.

To cover our scientific interests, Nicolà  Lutzmann has written an article discussing recent thoughts and alterations to the grammatical gender in the genus Calumma. In doing so, he has provided a current list of valid taxa within the genus and hopefully what will prove to be a better understanding of how complex the procedure of correctly naming a species can be.

B. J. Caruthers, also known as lele by those who frequent some online chameleon forums, has provided us with an article on Silkworms. This article is an excellent resource on silkworm rearing for your animals and she also has included some of her own tricks from her experiences rearing wild silk moths.

Additionally, its time to vote on the photo that will be on the cover of the next issue! We’ve picked eight photos from those submitted and altered them to how they would look representing the next issue. We need the readers to vote on which they think is best to fill this position!

And finally, I’ve answered some questions in this months Q&A. I’d like to remind our readers that they can access back issues by clicking either “Past Issues” or ”Article Reference” at the top of this page. The back issues provide an excellent resource and many questions can be answered by looking back on past articles.

I hope you all enjoy the issue and thanks again for all the support!

Christopher V. Anderson

Chris Anderson is a herpetologist currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of South Florida after receiving his B.S. from Cornell University. He has spent time in the jungles of South East Asia, among other areas, aiding in research for publication. He has previously traveled throughout Madagascar in search of, and conducting personal research on, the chameleons of the region. He has traveled to over 35 countries, including chameleon habitat in 6. Currently, Chris is the Editor and Webmaster of the Chameleons! Online E-Zine and is studying the kinematics and morphological basis of ballistic tongue projection and tongue retraction in chameleons for his dissertation. Chris Can be emailed at Chris.Anderson@chameleonnews.com or cvanders@mail.usf.edu.


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