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Brachylophus bulabula FISHER & HARLOW, EDWARDS & KEOGH, 2008

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Higher TaxaIguanidae, Iguania, Sauria (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymBrachylophus bulabula FISHER & HARLOW, EDWARDS & KEOGH 2008 
DistributionLarger NW islands Fiji (Viti group, including Ovalau,Gau,Kadavu and Viti Levu), Vanuatu

Type locality: Navuloa Village, Ovalau Island, Republic of Fiji (178420 05.95 00 S, 178845 0 42.1200 E ) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: CAS 172524, California Academy of Sciences (Field number CAS 9205), adult male; ; collected by R. N. Fisher, D. T. Bolger & T. J. Case, 8 October 1988. 
CommentNote that the order of authors of the species does NOT correspond to the order of authors of the paper.

Diagnosis. Brachylophus bulabula is distinguished from both B. fasciatus and B. vitiensis by its intermediate maximum size, intermediate crest height, circular and yellow nasal scale, rounded nostril, wide and U-shaped nuchal stripe and red iris. These and additional morphological characters that distinguish B. bulabula from B. fasciatus and B. vitiensis are summarized in table 1 of KEOGH et al. 2008.

Animals from the Lau group ( Lakeba, Aiwa, Oneata and Moce) are included in B. fasciatus. While animals from the nor thern islands (i.e. Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Yacata, Vatu Vara) and southern islands (i.e. Fulaga) have been examined, KEOGH et al. have not assigned them to either species due to small sample sizes. Brachylophus bulabula is introduced onto Vanuatu on Efate Island (Gibbons 1981) and this species identification is confirmed by KEOGH et al. 2008 with both genetic and morphological data (specimens CAS 172419-20). 
References
  • Ineich, I. 2011. Amphibians and reptiles. In: Bouchet P., Le Guyader H. & PascaL O. (eds), The Natural History of Santo. pp. 187-236. MNhN, Paris; Ird, Marseille; PNI, Paris. 572 pp. (Patrimoines naturels; 70).
  • INEICH, Ivan 2009. The terrestrial herpetofauna of Torres and Banks Groups (northern Vanuatu), with report of a new species for Vanuatu. Zootaxa 2198: 1-15 - get paper here
  • Keogh JS, Edwards DL, Fisher RN, Harlow PS. 2008. Molecular and morphological analysis of the critically endangered Fijian iguanas reveals cryptic diversity and a complex biogeographic history. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 363(1508): 3413-26
 
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