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Galapagos Islands evolution
2014-05-08 03:00:51

Wiley Research News The Galapagos Islands have an iconic status in the history of evolutionary study, now new research shows that the islands’ own geological past may have influenced the evolution of the chain’s native species. Writing in the Journal of Biogeography, Jason Ali and Jonathan Aitchison explore how fluctuating sea level changes over thousands of years impacted the island chain’s ecology. They estimate that when the sea retreated, most recently 20,000 years ago,...

Southwestern Bird And Reptile Distributions To Shift As Climate Changes
2014-04-08 14:43:34

U.S. Geological Survey Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses – that is, where species are able to live – of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined,...

Endangered Iguanas Health Compromised By Being Fed By Tourists
2013-12-06 05:54:37

Oxford University Press Feeding wildlife is an increasingly common tourist activity, but a new study published online today by the journal Conservation Physiology shows that already-imperilled iguanas are suffering further physiological problems as a result of being fed by tourists. Charles Knapp, PhD, of the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and colleagues compared the differences in physiological values and endoparasitic infection rates between northern Bahamian rock iguanas...

2011-07-19 09:35:00

Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and other members of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program close to saving reptile on Grand Cayman While thousands of species are threatened with extinction around the globe, efforts to save the Grand Cayman blue iguana represent a rarity in conservation: a chance for complete recovery, according to health experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and other members of the Blue Iguana Recovery Program. Coordinated by the National Trust for...

2010-01-12 08:11:26

Scientists have long puzzled over how iguanas, a group of lizards mostly found in the Americas, came to inhabit the isolated Pacific islands of Fiji and Tonga. For years, the leading explanation has been that progenitors of the island species must have rafted there, riding across the Pacific on a mat of vegetation or floating debris. But new research in the January issue of The American Naturalist suggests a more grounded explanation. Using the latest genetic, geological and fossil data,...

2009-07-26 13:36:44

The author of a new cookbook says residents of Florida should begin eating iguanas to avoid a possible population explosion of the animals. The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Friday that with several reptile species breeding in the wild throughout Florida, cookbook author George Cera wants iguanas on Florida residents' plates rather than loose in the wild. Listen,'' the author of The Iguana Cookbook: Save Florida"¦ Eat an Iguana said. In Central America, in South America, in...

2009-02-25 12:15:00

A growing iguana population has officially become a nuisance in the town of Manalapan, Fla., and action must be taken, town officials say. Town commissioner Peter Blum said officials have agreed to start talking with animal trappers about a one-time removal of the green lizards, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Daily News said Tuesday. They are a nuisance, and they breed almost like rabbits, said Blum, who estimates there are more than four iguanas loose in Manalapan. Police Chief Clay Walker said any...

2009-01-06 09:20:00

A rare kind of pink iguana, unidentified by Charles Darwin in his now historic trips to the Galapagos Islands, could give evidence of species deviation earlier than Darwin's well-known finches, researchers announced Monday. Rosada was failed to be spotted by Darwin in his 1835 investigations, but seems to have the earliest identified discrepancy in land animals in the archipelago. This discovery also for the first time identifies the reptiles as a new species, announced Gabriele Gentile of...

2008-11-27 11:15:00

Scientists encourage 'continuous and effective management' and further study of these 'spectacular and emblematic' reptiles The Galapagos Islands, which provided impetus and inspiration for Charles Darwin's seminal work, "On the Origin of Species", are home to unique populations of reptiles. Since the time of man's first visit in the 16th century to this crucial incubator for evolutionary theory, the islands' native plants and animals have faced grave challenges, including severe pressures...

2008-09-23 12:00:28

U.S. and Australian scientists say they've discovered a new iguana species in the central regions of Fiji. The new iguana -- 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." The U.S. Geological Survey, which led the study with scientists from Australia's National University and Macquarie University -- said the two other Pacific iguana species...

Latest Iguanidae Reference Libraries

2007-04-18 14:31:51

The Rhinoceros Iguana, Cyclura cornuta, is a medium-sized iguana that is found primarily on the Caribbean Islands. They are native to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. These are a threatened species and are prohibited in the pet trade. There are an estimated ten to sixteen thousand rhinoceros iguanas left in the wild. Their destruction is most likely caused by the introduction of unnatural predators such as dogs and feral cats. They vary in length from 2 to 4 1/2 feet and skin colors...

2007-04-18 14:30:36

The Desert Iguana, Dipsosaurus dorsalis, is one of the most common lizards of the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. They also can be found on several islands in the Gulf of California. Their preferred habitat is largely contained within the range of the creosote bush, mainly dry, sandy desert scrubland below 3300 ft. It can also be found in rocky streambeds up to 3300 ft. In the southern portion of its range this lizard lives in areas of...

2007-04-18 14:27:55

The Mona Ground Iguana, Cyclura cornuta stejnegeri, is a subspecies of the rhinoceros iguana and is endemic to Mona Island, Puerto Rico. It is the largest terrestrial iguana in Puerto Rico. They are scattered throughout the entire island, however they only use the southwest part of the island for nesting. They spend most of their lives underground and can be found in talus slopes, caves and sinkholes usually no more than 5-6 feet underground. These are prehistoric looking lizards capable...

2007-04-18 14:23:24

The Blue Iguana, Cyclura lewisi, is a critically endangered species of lizard that is found on the island of Grand Cayman. It is estimated that only 25 of these animals still survive. It is expected that the population will be extinct within the first decade of the twenty-first century. The demise of this animal is due largely in fact to the introduction of human pets and indirectly by the destruction of their natural habitat. Blue Iguanas occupy rock hole and tree cavity retreats, and as...

2007-04-18 14:22:42

The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana, Cyclura carinata, is only found on the Caribbean Islands of Turks and Caicos. They are the most abundant rock iguanas in the Caribbean with populations estimated at 50,000. The Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana inhabits small cays (small coral rich, sandy keys). These iguanas are becoming increasingly more rare on some cays due to the introduction predators, such as cats and dogs to the islands. The Little Water Cay is safe from this threat as cats and...

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