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Oplurus cyclurus (Merrem's Madagascar Swift)


Wikipedia Abstract

The Merrem's Madagascar swift, Oplurus cyclurus (or Madagascar swift) is an arboreal Malagasy iguana belonging to the Oplurus genus. They are endemic to Madagascar and have a mostly carnivorous diet. Their breeding is timed with the rainy season.
View Wikipedia Record: Oplurus cyclurus


Adult Weight [1]  45.4 grams
Maximum Longevity [2]  9 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Comoros forests Comoros Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Madagascar spiny thickets Madagascar Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Madagascar succulent woodlands Madagascar Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andohahela National Park II 180522 Madagascar
Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d'Andringitra National Park II 76961 Madagascar

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles Yes

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Johannesburg Zoological Gardens
Montecasino Bird Gardens
Ueno Zoological Gardens
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen
Zoologischer Garten Saarbruecken

Range Map


SW Madagascar (Tuléar Province and extending northward into SW Majunga Province) Terra typica: Brasilia (in error);

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License