Cyclura collei GRAY, 1845
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|Higher Taxa||Iguanidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Jamaican Iguana, Jamaican Rock Iguana, Jamaica Iguana|
|Synonym||Cyclura Collei GRAY 1845: 190|
Cyclura lophoma GOSSE 1849: 64
Cyclura lophoma — BARBOUR 1910: 293
Cyclura collei — BARBOUR & NOBLE 1916
Cyclura collei — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 390
Cyclura collei — LEMM & ALBERTS 2012
|Distribution||Jamaica, Goat I, Little Goat I|
Type locality: Jamaica.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199.|
|Diagnosis||DESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 428 mm, in females to 378 mm); frontal scale not conspicuously enlarged and set off from balance of head scales; azygous scales in prefrontal suture absent; canthals not set off from balance of head scales; first prefrontal never in contact with precanthal; 3-4 (mode 4) poorly defined vertical loreal rows; 13-14 (mode 14) suboculars to anterior border of tympanum; 5-6 (mode 6) sublabials to eye center; 2-3 (mode 2) rows of scales between infralabials and sublabials; 1-3 (mode 2) postmentals; 35-41 femoral pores in single row but femoral pores often absent; dorsal crest scales 16-20 between occiput and shoulder, 49-59 between shoulder and sacrum, 13-21 between sacrum and first caudal verticil, total dorsal crest scales 81-98; dorsal crest scales on neck equal in height to those on body, body crest scales higher than postsacral crest scales; 47-85 scales around tail in fifth caudal verticil; 20-24 dorsolateral body scales in naris-eye distance; rostral always separated from nasal scales by 1 row of scales or many granules. Dorsum: (1) green, grading into slaty blue with some oblique lines of dark olive-green on shoulder, and 3 broad, triangular patches from dorsal crest scales to venter, with dark olive-brown zigzag spots; dorsal crest scales on body brighter bluish green than body, to (2) muddy, top of head washed green, dorsal and lateral body surfaces blotched with straw, blotches breaking up into small groups of spots, less tinged with green; juvenile color and pattern unknown (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 390).|
|Comment||For illustrations see Barbour and Noble, 1916; Schwartz and Carey, 1977.|
|Etymology||Although possibly named after its habitat, “hills”, after Latin “collei” for "of the hill", Gray refers to the species as Colley's Iguana, so he must have had someone in mind named “colley”, although it remains unknown who that person was.|
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