Spatial Ecology of the Iguana iguana in the Mangrove Ecosystems of Puerto Rico.
Spatial Ecology of the Iguana iguanain the Mangrove Ecosystems of Puerto Rico.<br />JesykaMeléndez Rosa<br />
The Iguana iguana, of the family iguanidae, is by definition an introduced species of reptile originally native to Central America, South America and the Caribbean.<br />It’s recently growing populations on island have made them an increasingly popular subject to the media.<br />Introduction<br />
Collecting of seven iguanas.<br />Attachment of radiotransmitors to iguanas.<br />Return of iguanas to collection point.<br />Monitoring of radiotransmitors was done rigorously for the first month and will be done sporadically from then on. <br />Data will be analyzed using special telemetry software.<br />Maps will be created using a geographic information system software.<br />Methodology- Telemetry<br />
Iguanas are more abundant in border areas adjacent to human settlements. <br />They are very sedentary animals remaining within a few meters of their capture zone. <br />Hypotheses<br />
<ul><li>Make a detailed description of the Iguana iguana home range and create maps.
Analyze data and determine the correlation, if any, between sex, sunlight and movement.</li></ul>Short Term Goals<br />
By studying and determining the iguanas home range;<br /><ul><li>Develop future conservation and management systems.
Monitor population behavior; natality and mortality rates, migration, etc.
Provide overall insight into the behavior of these misunderstood animals.
Discover changes in behavior, if any, due to habitat change.</li></ul>Significance<br />
Javier ArcePh.D<br />Tomás A. Carlo JoglarPh.D<br />Ana Laura Veláquez<br />Gamalier Bermudez<br />Ricardo Plaud<br />Natalia Rodriguez<br />“Asociación Recreativa de Pesca y Deportes” Carolina P.R.<br />I wish to extend a special thanks to the RISE program and its entire staff for their always enthusiastic support and guidance.<br />Acknowledgements<br />
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