South Pacific Iguanas: Human Impacts and a New Species

  title={South Pacific Iguanas: Human Impacts and a New Species},
  author={G. Pregill and D. Steadman},
  • G. Pregill, D. Steadman
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Abstract The diversity and distribution of Pacific island iguanas were altered drastically following human colonization around 2800 years ago. A giant iguana recovered from archaeological sites in the Ha'apai group of islands, Kingdom of Tonga, became extinct within a century of human arrival. We describe this iguana as a new species of Brachylophus, a genus with two small arboreal species found today in Fiji (Brachylophus fasciatus, Brachylophus vitiensis) and parts of Tonga (Brachylophus… CONTINUE READING
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