The Lesser Antillean Iguana on St. Eustatius: 2012 status update and review of limiting factors

A.O. Debrot, E. Boman

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Abstract

The endangered Lesser Antillean Iguana, Iguana delicatissima, is an emblematic species for the island of St. Eustatius and in Caribbean Netherlands it is only found on St. Eustatius. In this study we conducted an extensive population survey for the iguana and compared densities in different areas to densities documented most recently in 2004. Iguana encounter rates and densities in natural habitat were highest for the region where the northern hills abut onto the central plain. Island-wide, those areas provide the best combination of sun, shelter, food and potential for nesting sites. The population of the Lower Town sector, indicated in 2004 as the most dense and promising subpopulation, has all but disappeared. Island-wide, the residential estate subdivisions remains the second-most important area for the iguana
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Helder
PublisherIMARES
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES
No.C166/12

Keywords

  • iguana
  • endangered species
  • monitoring
  • caribbean

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