Taxonomy

Description:


Fiji banded iguanas are endemic to some of the southeastern Fijian islands. Iin Tonga, they where introduced by humans. The iguanas inhabit high cloud forests to low-lying coastal swamps.

The biggest threat to the fiji iguanas in their natural habitat is feral animals and destruction of their natural habitat.


Fiji banded iguanas reach a total lenght of up to 80cm. They are strickly aborial lizards, and blend in well with the vegetation.

Male fiji banded iguanas are green with 2-5 blue bands on there body. The bands reach from the top of the back to the bottom of the side. On the side of there neck they have small bands( often more or less horizontal) or dots with the same blue color as the bands on the body. The tail is also banded and start at the base with blue bands but turn more brown further down the tail.


Females are often green with no bands, but some females are born with bands or dots. The tail of the can be both with and without bands( nirmally the bands on the females tail are brown).

Characteristic for both the males and females is the yellow nose.


Male babies are born with the bands, but the bands dont have the blue coler then they hatch, it often takes up to 4-5 month before the blue color will start to show. Females are normally born green with no bands. Babies when born has the same yellow nose as the adult iguanas.


The fiji banded iguana is a 100% herbivore and eat leaves, flowers and fruit. In the wild they show a preference for Vavaea amicorum, but in captivity they will eat a big variety of veggies and fruit( see the total food item list for info on what we use for our iguanas).

Brachylophus fasciatus ( Tonga iguana/Lau banded iguana ).

Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Iguania

Family: Iguanidae

Genus:Brachylophus

Scientific Name: Brachylophus fasciatus

Common Name: Tonga iguana/Lau banded iguana

Species Authority: Brongniart, 1800


The genus name Brachylophus is made out from two greek words: brachys mean short, and lophos mean crest, it refers to the short crest along the back.

The specie name, fasciatus, is a Latin word meaning banded.


Brachylophus bulabula (Central fiji banded iguana).


Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Iguania

Family: Iguanidae

Genus:Brachylophus

Scientific Name: Brachylophus bulabula

Common Name: fiji iguana / Central fiji banded iguana

Species Authority: Fisher, Harlow, Edwards & Keogh, 2008


The genus name Brachylophus is made out from two greek words: brachys mean short, and lophos mean crest, it refers to the short crest along the back.

The specie name bulabula is made from the fijian word bula which mean hello.

Bulabula is found on the central fijian islands.


Brachylophus vitiensis ( Crested iguana/Fiji crested iguana).


Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Iguania

Family: Iguanidae

Genus:Brachylophus

Scientific Name: Brachylophus vitiensis

Common Name: fiji iguana / Fiji crested iguana

Species Authority: Dr. John Gibbons 1981


The genus name Brachylophus is made out from two greek words: brachys mean short, and lophos mean crest, it refers to the short crest along the back.

The specie name, vitiensis, is a Latin adjective derived from the Latin word for Fiji.

Brachylophus gau ( fiji iguana/Gau iguana).


Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Iguania

Family: Iguanidae

Genus:Brachylophus

Scientific Name: Brachylophus gau

Common Name: fiji iguana / gau iguana

Species Authority: Robert Fisher 2017


The genus name Brachylophus is made out from two greek words: brachys mean short, and lophos mean crest, it refers to the short crest along the back.

Brachylophus gibbonsi ( Fiji iguana).


Kingdom: Animalia

Subkingdom: Bilateria

Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Infraphylum: Gnathostomata

Superclass: Tetrapoda

Class: Reptilia

Order: Squamata

Suborder: Iguania

Family: Iguanidae

Genus:Brachylophus

Scientific Name: Brachylophus gibbonsi

Common Name: fiji iguana

Species Authority: Pregill & Steadman, 2004


The genus name Brachylophus is made out from two greek words: brachys mean short, and lophos mean crest, it refers to the short crest along the back.