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Brachylophus fasciatus (BRONGNIART, 1800)

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Higher TaxaIguanidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Lau Banded Iguana, Fiji Banded Iguana
G: Gebänderter Fidschileguan 
SynonymIguana fasciata BRONGNIART 1800
Agama fasciata — DAUDIN 1802
Brachylophus fasciatus — CUVIER 1829
Iguana (Brachylophus) fasciatus — GRAY 1831
Brachylophus fasciatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 226
Ctenosaurus Sieberi FITZINGER 1843
Hypsilophus (Brachylophus) fasciatus — FITZINGER 1843
Chloroscartes fasciatus GÜNTHER 1862: 134
Brachylophus fasciatus — BOULENGER 1885: 192
Brachylophus brevicephalus AVERY & TANNER 1970
Brachylophus fasciatus — GIBBONS 1981 
DistributionFiji Islands (Viti Levu, Wakaya, Ovalau, Moturiki, Gau, Beqa, Vatuele, Kandavu Ono, Dravuni, Taveuni, Nggamea, Vanua, Balavu, Avea, Vatu Vara,Lakeba, Aiwa, Oneata, Vanua Levu, Vanua Vatu, Totoya, Kabara, Fulaga),
Tonga Islands (Tongatapu),
New Hebrides (Efate), Iles Wallis

Type locality: Tonga  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 6812; other types erroneously given as BMNH 1946.8.3.83-84
Holotype: BYU 32662 [brevicephalus] 
CommentType species: Iguana fasciata BRONGNIART 1800 is the type species of the genus Brachylophus CUVIER 1829.

Fossil species: one extinct species, B. gibbonsi, has been described. Additionally the extinct monotypic iguana genus Lapitiguana was also known only from Fiji and was twice the length of the largest living Brachylophus (Pregill & Worthy 2003). 
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  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1837. Erpétologie Générale ou Histoire Naturelle Complete des Reptiles. Vol. 4. Libr. Encyclopédique Roret, Paris, 570 pp. - get paper here
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