• Genetic structure of Rhinoceros Rock Iguanas, Cyclura cornuta, in the Dominican Republic, with insights into the impact of captive facilities and the taxonomic status of Cyclura on Mona Island

      Pasachnik, Stesha A.; Colosimo, Giuliano; Carreras-De León, Rosanna; Gerber, Glenn P. (2020)
      …To better understand the population structure of this species, we used a combination of mtDNA and nuclear markers to elucidate the genetic variation of wild populations across 13 sampling regions in the Dominican Republic (DR), as well as neighboring Mona Island, home to a Cyclura population of uncertain taxonomic status…. Our results suggest that the captive facilities may pose a threat to wild populations and increased regulation of these facilities is needed….
    • Green iguanas (Iguana iguana) in the Dominican Republic

      Pasachnik, Stesha A.; Carreras De León, Rosanna; Reynoso, Víctor; Rupp, Ernst; León, Yolanda; Incháustegui, Sixto (2012)
      Iguana iguana has a natural distribution from México (Sinaloa and Veracruz) southward through Central America and into northeastern South America to the Tropic of Capricorn in Paraguay and southeastern Brazil. The species also occurs on numerous islands, including Cozumel, Utila, Roatán, Guanaja, the Corn Islands, Providencia, San Andrés, Aruba, Trinidad, Tobago, and others in the Lesser Antilles (Henderson and Powell 2009). It has been introduced to Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Canary Islands, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Guadeloupe, Grand Cayman, Les Îles de Saintes, Marie Galante, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten, St. Barthélemy, St. Croix, Turks and Caicos, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United States (Florida, Hawaii) (Henderson and Powell 2009, Kraus 2009, Lindsay and Mussington 2009, Harlow and Thomas 2010, Powell et al. 2011)....