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Monday, September 5, 2011

Iguana



Beauty Of Animal | Iguana | Cyclura nubila, also known as the Cuban rock iguana Cuban iguana land, or the Cuban iguana,is a type of lizard of the iguana family. Is the largest of the West Indian rock iguanas (genus Cyclura), one of the most vulnerable groups of lizards. This herbivorous species with redness of the eyes, thick tail, jowls and the rose are one of the largest lizards in the Caribbean.Cuban Iguana is distributed in rocky areas around the southern coastal mainland of Cuba and surrounding islands with a population of brutal Magueyes thriving on the island, Puerto Rico. Also been found on the islands of the Cayman Islands Little Cayman Cayman Brac, where there is a separate subspecies.


Females guard the nest sites and nest sites are often in the exploration of Cuban crocodiles. Defensive measure, the Cuban iguana and often makes it inside the house or near it, Prickly pear cactus.Although the wild population in decline because of predation by wild animals and habitat loss caused by the rights of agricultural development, it has boosted the numbers as a result of breeding iguanas in captivity and other conservation programs. Have been used Cyclura nubila to study the evolution of animal communication, and the captive breeding program has a model for other reptiles endangered Cyclura in Iguana Caribbean.


The rocks Cuban generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek cyclosmeaning "circular" and Oura Church meaning " tail ", after the tail thick distinctive ringed of all Cyclura  John Edward Gray, British zoologist who first described in 1831 and the species Iguana (Cyclura) nubila or" Joanna shadow ", given a specific name nubila and Latin for "Cloudy"The closest relatives of nubila Cyclura is Grand Cayman blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi), and the Bahamas Northern Rock Iguana (Cyclura cychlura); Phylogenetic analysis indicates that these three species diverged from a common ancestor three million yearsHe said earlier Cyclura nubila our three strains, and Iguana Grand Cayman Blue (which is called Cyclura nubila lewisi), and the Islands Little Cayman Iguana (Cyclura nubila caymanensis), and strain the nomination of Cuban (Cyclura nubila nubila) This was revised Classification after DNA analysis at a later time and look for patterns scalation on the heads of lizards iguanid the Caribbean (and these patterns are unique on the part of the species and serve as a "fingerprint" of some kind) Grand is recognized is now the Cayman Blue Iguana as a separate.

 
 

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Sauropsida
Order:     Squamata
Family:     Iguanidae
Genus:     Cyclura
Species:     C. nubila

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