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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Genus: Lapitiguana

Lapitiguana impensa
Pregill & Worthy, 2003

Lapitiguana is an extinct genus of giant (1.5 m long) iguanid from Fiji.[1] It probably went extinct following the human colonization of Fiji 3000 years ago.[1]

All extant Fijian iguanas are in the genus Brachylophus, together with an extinct species from Tonga. The closest living relatives of the Polynesian iguanas are found in the Americas,[2][3] posing a biogeographical puzzle.

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  1. ^ a b Pregill, G. K.; Worthy, T. H. (March 2003). "A New Iguanid Lizard (Squamata, Iguanidae) from the Late Quaternary of Fiji, Southwest Pacific". Herpetologica (The Herpetologists' League) 59 (1): 57–67. doi:10.1655/0018-0831(2003)059[0057:ANILSI]2.0.CO;2. 
  2. ^ Keogh, J. Scott; Edwards, Danielle L.; Fisher, Robert N.; Harlow, Peter S. (2008-10-27). "Molecular and morphological analysis of the critically endangered Fijian iguanas reveals cryptic diversity and a complex biogeographic history". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (Royal Society) 363 (1508): 3413–3426. doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0120. PMC 2607380. PMID 18782726. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ Noonan, B.P.; Sites, J.W. Jr. (2009-11-24). "Tracing the origins of iguanid lizards and boine snakes of the Pacific". The American Naturalist (University of Chicago Press) 175 (1): 61–72. doi:10.1086/648607. PMID 19929634. 

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