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Oplurus grandidieri (MOCQUARD, 1900)

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Higher TaxaOpluridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Grandidier's Madagascar Swift
G: Grandidiers Madagaskarleguan 
SynonymHoplurus Grandidieri MOCQUARD 1900: 346
Hoplurus grandidieri — ANGEL 1942: 85
Oplurus grandidieri — SAVAGE 1952: 182
Oplurus grandidieri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 261
Oplurus grandidieri — GRUBENMANN 2007 
DistributionSC Madagascar (semiarid regions in EC Tuléar Province and WC Fianarantsoa Province)

Type locality: Vananitalo (Forêt d’lkongo)  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1899.0359 
EtymologyNamed after Alfred Grandidier (1836-1921), French explorer, geographer, and ornithologist who collected in Madagascar (1865). 
  • Altmanová, Marie; Michail Rovatsos, Lukáš Kratochvíl, andMartina Johnson Pokorná, 2016. Minute Y chromosomes and karyotype evolution in Madagascan iguanas (Squamata: Iguania: Opluridae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 118: 618–633; DOI: 10.1111/bij.12751 - get paper here
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • Belluardo F, Quirós DD, Lobón-Rovira J, Rosa GM, Rasoazanany M, Andreone F, Crottini A 2021. Uncovering the herpetological diversity of small forest fragments in south-eastern Madagascar (Haute Matsiatra). Zoosystematics and Evolution 97(2): 315-343 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Blanc, C. P. 1977. Reptiles sauriens Iguanidae. Faune de Madagascar 45: 1-195
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grubenmann, M. 2007. Madagaskar-Leguane - Teil 3. Iguana Rundschreiben 20 (1): 23-25
  • Grubenmann, Moritz 2015. Aloen, Pachypodien, Euphorbien und Orchideen - Trockenstandorte im südlichen zentralen Hochland von Madagaskar. Draco 16 (62): 48-60
  • Lobon-Rovira, Javier; Francesco Belluardo, Angelica Crottini, Gonçalo M. Rosa 2019. Territorial behaviour in Oplurus grandidieri (Mocquard, 1900), a rock dwelling lizard from Madagascar. Herpetology Notes 12: 783-786 - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1900. Diagnose d'espéces nouvelles de Reptiles de Madagascar. Bull. Mus. nat. Hist. nat., Paris 6: 345- 348. - get paper here
  • Mocquard, F. 1900. Nouvelle contribution á la faune herpétologique de Madagascar. Bull. Soc. philom., Paris (9) 2 (4): 93-111. - get paper here
  • Münchenberg, Tobias, Katharina C. Wollenberg, Frank Glaw and Miguel Vences. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and geographic variation of Malagasy iguanas (Oplurus and Chalarodon). Amphibia- Reptilia 29(3):319-327
  • Savage, J. M. 1952. The correct generic names for the iguanid lizards of Madagascar and the Fidji islands. Copeia 1952 (3): 182 - get paper here
  • Schlüter, Uwe 2013. Madagaskarleguane - Lebensweise, Pflege und Fortpflanzung. KUS-Verlag, 88 pp. - get paper here
  • Van Beest, Piet 2004. Herpetologische waarnemingen op Madagascar - deel 2: Fianarantsoa en verder naar het zuiden. Lacerta 62 (3): 92-103 - get paper here
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