“Caribbean iguanas are in grave danger because of invasive alien species, habitat loss and over-hunting for bushmeat and the pet trade,” said Dr Jenny Daltry, Fauna & Flora Senior Conservation Biologist and a fellow co-author. “We know what needs to be done, and I am thankful to Darwin Initiative, Global Wildlife Conservation, National Geographic, Species Fund, SVG Environmental Fund and US Fish & Wildlife Service for supporting Fauna & Flora and our partners thus far.”
Meanwhile, the very dark iguanas native to Montserrat and Saba – and, probably, Redonda – have also been confirmed as an entirely separate species, now known as the melanistic or Saban black iguana. This raises the question of whether to reintroduce this endangered species to the recently restored island of Redonda, where it is also thought to have once occurred, but that’s another story.
So, there you have it. At least until the next instalment in the tale.