New Iguana Species Found in Fiji

By | September 21, 2008

A new iguana has been discovered in the central regions of Fiji.

The species, Brachylophus bulabula, joins only two other living Pacific iguana species, one of which is critically endangered.

The scientific name “bulabula” is a doubling of “bula,” the Fijian word for “hello.”

Pacific iguanas generally are endangered. Two species were eaten to extinction after people arrived nearly 3,000 years ago.

The three living Brachylophus iguana species face threats from loss and alteration of their habitat, as well as from feral cats, mongooses and goats that eat iguanas or their food source.- fox

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