Lapitiguana impensa Pregill & Worthy, 2003

Lapita iguana, Fiji(an) giant iguana



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: subfossil





Biology & Ecology




Holotype: S.037015 (






Original scientific description:

Pregill, Gregory K, and, Worthy, T. H. (2003). A new iguanid lizard (Squamata, Iguanidae) from the late Quaternary of Fiji, Southwest Pacific. Herpetologica 59:1 57-67. [Abstract]


Other references:

Irwin, G., Worthy, Trevor H., Best, S., Hawkins, S., Carpenter, J. and Matararaba, S. (2011). Further Investigations at the Naigani Lapita site (VL 21/5), Fiji: Excavation, Radiocarbon Dating and Palaeofaunal Extinction. Journal of Pacific Archaeology 2: 66-78.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Anderson, Atholl. (2009). Results of palaeofaunal research, pp. 41-62. In: Clark, Geoffrey Richard and Anderson, Atoll (eds.). The Early Prehistory of Fiji. Terra Australis 31. Canberra: ANU E Press. 437 pp.

Worthy, Trevor H., Anderson, Atholl J. and Molnar, Ralph E. (1999). Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals – the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves). Senckenbergiana Biologica 79(2): 237-242.


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