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Oplurus saxicola GRANDIDIER, 1869

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Higher TaxaOpluridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Marked Madagascar Swift
G: Brauner Madagaskar-Felsenleguan 
SynonymOplurus saxicola GRANDIDIER 1869: 340
Hoplurus saxicola — ANGEL 1942: 86
Oplurus saxicola — BLANC 1977: 53
Oplurus saxicola — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 261
Opiurus saxicola — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994: 54 [in error]
Oplurus saxicola — GRUBENMANN 2007 
DistributionS Madagascar (semiarid regions in SC Tuléar Province)

Type locality: Fiérin, Madagascar  
TypesSyntype: NMW 18912 
CommentListed as of doubtful status by BOULENGER (1885: 129, Cat. Liz. II) 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “saxum” (= stone, cliff, rock) and “colere” (= inhabiting etc.). 
  • Angel, F. 1942. Les Lézards de Madagascar. Mem. Acad. Malagache, Tananarive XXXVI: 193 pp.
  • 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
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grandidier, A. 1869. Descriptions de quelques animaux nouveaux découverts, pendant l'année 1869, sur la côte ouest de Madagascar. Revue et Magazine de Zooogie (Paris), Sér. 2, 21: 337-342
  • Grubenmann, M. 2007. Madagaskar-Leguane - Teil 3. Iguana Rundschreiben 20 (1): 23-25
  • Meier, H. 1981. Zur Ökologie, Ethologie und Taxonomie einiger Arten der Gattung Oplurus auf Madagascar. Salamandra 17 (1-2): 43-54 - get paper here
  • Meier,H. 1982. Leguane aus Madagaskar. Herpetofauna 4 (17): 22-27 [erratum in 4 (18): 33] - 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
  • Schlüter, Uwe 2013. Madagaskarleguane - Lebensweise, Pflege und Fortpflanzung. KUS-Verlag, 88 pp. - get paper here
  • Tiedemann,F.; Häupl,M. & Grillitsch,H. 1994. Katalog der Typen der herpetologischen Sammlung nach dem Stand vom 1. Jänner 1994. Teil II: Reptilia. Kat. wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10 (Vertebrata 4): 1-110
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