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Iguana delicatissima LAURENTI, 1768

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Higher TaxaIguanidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: West Indian Iguana, Lesser Antillean Iguana
G: Karibischer Grüner Leguan 
SynonymIguana delicatissima LAURENTI 1768: 48
Iguana nudicollis MERREM 1820 (nom. substit.)
Amblyrhynchus delicatissima — WAGLER 1830: 148
Iguana Nudicollis — CUVIER 1831: 133
Iguana nudicollis — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 208
Iguana delicatissima — BOULENGER 1885: 191
Iguana delicatissima — LAZELL 1973: 18
Iguana delicatissima — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 418 
DistributionLesser Antilles: Anguilla, St. Martin, Ile Fourchue, Les Iles Fregates, Ile Chevreau, St. Barthelemy, Gros îlet, St. Eustatius, Nevis, Antigua, Guadeloupe, La Desirade, Ile des Saintes, Dominica, Martinique, Barbuda,
St. Kitts

Type locality: Indiis  
Reproductionoviparous. Iguana delicatissima and I. iguana hybridize in nature (Breuil et al. 2009). 
TypesHolotype: MRSN (= MSNTO = MZUT) (Zool. Mus. Torino), unlocated 
CommentFor illustrations see Lazell, 1973; Wijffels, 1976.

Hybridization: I. iguana and I. delicatissima hybridize in nature (Wagensveld & van den Burg 2018). Of 45 iguanas captured in Anguilla, 22 were morphologically identified as I. delicatissima, 12 as I. iguana and the remainder were identified as hybrids (Pounder et al. 2020).

Distribution: for a list of localities and islands see Dunn 1934. 
EtymologyThe Latin adjectives delicatus, "delightful," and the superlative -issimus, "very," are the roots of this name. 
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