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Carey, W Michael
Observations of the ground iguana Cyclura macleayi caymanensis on Cayman Brac, British West Indies
Journal Article
Cyclura macleayi;Cyclura nubila caymanensis;habitat;natural history
The earliest notice that iguanas existed on the Cayman Islands was in 1888 when Garman listed Cyclura nubila from Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Later Barbour and Noble (1916) described Cyclura caymanensis as a new species from Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Presently this lizard is considered a subspecies of Cyclura macleayi, which also has representatives on Cuba (C. m. macleayi) and Grand Cayman (C. m. lewisi). I am not aware of any paper, other than that of Grant (1940), which is concerned with any phase of the ecological status of C. m. caymanensis. During the months of January and February, 1965, field studies were conducted on the island of Cayman Brac, British West Indies. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of my observations so that the ecological relationships of this ground iguana may begin to be interpreted.