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Brachylophus gibbonsi Pregill & Steadman, 2004

Tongan (giant) iguana

 

 

Taxonomy & Nomenclature

 

 

Conservation Status

Last record: c. 700-800 BC

 

Known only from sub-fossil remains dated to within a century after human colonization (Pregill & Steadman, 2004).

 

Distribution

Kingdom of Tonga (various islands)

 

Biology & Ecology

 

 

Hypodigm

Holotype: UF 212300

 

Media

 

 

References

Original scientific description:

Pregill, Gregory K. and Steadman, David W. (2004). South Pacific Iguanas: Human Impacts and a New Species. Journal of Herpetology 38(1): 15-21. [Abstract]

 

Other references:

Pregill, Gregory K. and Dye, Tom. (1989). Prehistoric Extinction of Giant Iguanas in Tonga. Copeia 1989(2): 505-508. [Abstract]

Steadman, David W., Pregill, Gregory K. and Burley, David V. (2002). Rapid prehistoric extinction of iguanas and birds in Polynesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 99(6): 3673-3677.

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