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Brachylophus fasciatus

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The Lau banded iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus) is an arboreal species of lizard endemic to the Lau Islands of the eastern part of the Fijian archipelago. It is also found in Tonga, where it was probably introduced by humans. It is one of the few species of iguanas found outside of the New World and one of the most geographically isolated members of the family Iguanidae.  Populations of these iguanas have been declining over the past century due to habitat destruction, and more significantly, the introduction of mongoose and house cats to the islands.

The species is diurnal, spending their days foraging, basking and watching over their territories by day and retreating to the treetops at night. Fiji iguanas are considered a national treasure by the government of Fiji, and its likeness has been featured on postage stampscurrency, and phone book covers.

Detailed information
Full Name: Fiji Banded iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus)
Where found: Wherever found
Critical Habitat:N/A
Species Group:Reptiles
Current listing status
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
Endangered 03/20/1980 Foreign (Headquarters) Wherever found
  • Countries in which the the Fiji Banded iguana, Wherever found is known to occur: Fiji, Tonga
Federal register documents
Citation Page
03/20/1980 45 FR 18009 18010 Listing with Endangered Status for Five Species of Foreign Reptiles
11/02/1979 44 FR 63474 63476 Proposed Listing with Endangered Status for Five Species of Foreign Reptiles
No recovery information is available for the Fiji Banded iguana.
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