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Brachylophus vitiensis GIBBONS, 1981

IUCN Red List - Brachylophus vitiensis - Critically Endangered, CR

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Higher TaxaIguanidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Fiji Crested lguana 
SynonymBrachylophus vitiensis GIBBONS 1981
Brachylophus vitiensis — PREGILL & WORTHY 2003 
DistributionFiji Islands (Yaduataba)

Type locality: Fiji:Yaduataba Island  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-157192 
CommentThis species is critically endangered. 
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  • Gibbons, John R. H. 1984. Wildlife as Canon sees it: A photographic heritage for all generations: Fijian Crested Iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis). National Geographic 166(3):unnumbered
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  • Morrison, C. 2003. A Field Guide to the Herpetofauna of Fiji. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Applied Sciences, University of the South Pacific, 121 pp.
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