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dc.contributor.authorPasachnik, Stesha A.
dc.contributor.authorDanoff-Burg, James A.
dc.contributor.authorAntunes, E.E.
dc.contributor.authorCorneil, J.P.
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-13T23:11:24Z
dc.date.available2020-07-13T23:11:24Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12634/511
dc.description.abstractThe harvesting of wildlife has had a devastating effect on global biodiversity. Here we investigate the perceived status of the Critically Endangered Valle de Aguán Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura melanosterna. We interviewed 132 residents of the Valle de Aguán, Honduras to: (1) examine their knowledge of the range and habitat preference; (2) document the use and trade; and (3) understand the level of awareness and openness to protection of this species. Our results indicate that these iguanas are primarily used for food. Though they are a small component of the local diet, consumption is occurring with a preference for gravid females. There are significant gender and geographic differences in consumption by humans. Though these harvesting actions contribute to the continuing decline of this species, our results demonstrate that there is a local belief that these iguanas are in danger of extinction, that conservation actions should occur, and that international involvement is welcome.
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.herpconbio.org/Volume_9/Issue_2/Pasachnik_etal_2014.pdf
dc.subjectIGUANAS
dc.subjectHUNTING
dc.subjectWILDLIFE TRADE
dc.subjectHONDURAS
dc.subjectWILDLIFE CONSERVATION
dc.subjectENDANGERED SPECIES
dc.subjectCULTURE
dc.titleLocal knowledge and use of the Valle de Aguan Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura melanosterna, in Honduras
dc.typeArticle
dc.source.journaltitleHerpetological Conservation and Biology
dc.source.volume9
dc.source.issue2
dc.source.beginpage436
dc.source.endpage447
dcterms.dateAccepted2014
html.description.abstractThe harvesting of wildlife has had a devastating effect on global biodiversity. Here we investigate the perceived status of the Critically Endangered Valle de Aguán Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura melanosterna. We interviewed 132 residents of the Valle de Aguán, Honduras to: (1) examine their knowledge of the range and habitat preference; (2) document the use and trade; and (3) understand the level of awareness and openness to protection of this species. Our results indicate that these iguanas are primarily used for food. Though they are a small component of the local diet, consumption is occurring with a preference for gravid females. There are significant gender and geographic differences in consumption by humans. Though these harvesting actions contribute to the continuing decline of this species, our results demonstrate that there is a local belief that these iguanas are in danger of extinction, that conservation actions should occur, and that international involvement is welcome.


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