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Conservation Of Amphibians And Reptiles In The British Virgin Islands: Status And Patterns

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The British Virgin Islands (BVI) forms part of the Puerto Rican Bank and its fauna is closely related to that of the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Humans have inhabited the region for several thousand years and their impacts have continuously included habitat modification, hunting, and introduction of invasive species. Those are the three main causes of concern for the present-day herpetofauna of the BVI, which contains 34 amphibian and reptile species. The native iguana, Cyclura pinguis, and the sea turtles found in the region are in an especially sensitive condition. Habitat destruction and fragmentation are ongoing and likely to accelerate. Thus, although the short-term conservation status of the BVI herpetofauna appears unlikely to change, we are more concerned about the mid-term outlook. This chapter recommends some specific remedies intended to offset these pressures and provides long-term protection to the biota of the BVI.

Keywords: British Virgin Islands (BVI); Cyclura pinguis; herpetofauna



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