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The Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot boasts exceptionally high levels of both animal and plant biodiiversity. There are 6500 endemic plant species, 409 endemic reptiles, 170 endemic amphibians (100% of species occurring here), 163 endemic birds and 41 endemic mammals. Highlights include the Cuban crocodile, the Cuban bee hummingbird (the world's smallest bird), the St Lucia and St Vincent parrots, and 9 species of rock iguana. Only 10% of original vegetation remains intact, and the Caribbean Islands have been severely impacted by agricultural and tourist development, deforestation and the impact of introduced species.
Grand Cayman Island blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi)  wide angle view, in captive breeding program at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Grand Cayman Island blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) wide angle view, in captive breeding program at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in flight, Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Picture taken during filming for BBC ^Secrets of the Caribbean^ TV Series, January 2006  -  Barrie Britton
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Barrie Britton / Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in flight, Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Picture taken during filming for BBC ^Secrets of the Caribbean^ TV Series, January 2006
Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) roosting in Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Picture taken during filming for BBC ^Secrets of the Caribbean^ TV Series, January 2006  -  Barrie Britton
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Barrie Britton / Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) roosting in Caroni Swamp, Trinidad. Picture taken during filming for BBC ^Secrets of the Caribbean^ TV Series, January 2006
Low clouds in valley, Morne La Croix, Trinidad, April 2013  -  Robin Chittenden
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Robin Chittenden / Low clouds in valley, Morne La Croix, Trinidad, April 2013
Palm trees in forest, Baracoa Mountains, East Cuba, November 2011.  -  RHONDA KLEVANSKY
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RHONDA KLEVANSKY / Palm trees in forest, Baracoa Mountains, East Cuba, November 2011.
Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus) captive. Jacobo Lacs breeding facilities, Colon, Cuba.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus) captive. Jacobo Lacs breeding facilities, Colon, Cuba.
Hispaniolan montane racerlet (Ialtris haetianus), Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hispaniolan montane racerlet (Ialtris haetianus), Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala) taking off, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala) taking off, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Cuban or Desmarest's Hutia (Capromys pilorides)~Jardines de la Reina National Park, endemic to Cuba, Caribbean  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Cuban or Desmarest's Hutia (Capromys pilorides)~Jardines de la Reina National Park, endemic to Cuba, Caribbean
Jamaican mango (Anthracothorax mango) perched in orchid tree, Jamaica  -  Mike Read
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Mike Read / Jamaican mango (Anthracothorax mango) perched in orchid tree, Jamaica
Hispaniolan crowned landfrog (Eleutherodactylus corona), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hispaniolan crowned landfrog (Eleutherodactylus corona), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
Hispaniolan woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus) and Palmchats (Dulus dominicus) Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Hispaniolan woodpecker (Melanerpes striatus) and Palmchats (Dulus dominicus) Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.
Jamaican tody {Todus todus} Blue Mountains, Jamaica.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Jamaican tody {Todus todus} Blue Mountains, Jamaica.
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming over sea grass, Grenadines, Caribbean, February 2010.  -  Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming over sea grass, Grenadines, Caribbean, February 2010.
Hispaniolan stripe-headed tanager (Spindalis dominicensis) in tree, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Hispaniolan stripe-headed tanager (Spindalis dominicensis) in tree, Dominican Republic, Hispaniola, Caribbean.
Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus) captive. Jacobo Lacs breeding facilities, Colon, Cuba.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Cuban Trogon (Priotelus temnurus) captive. Jacobo Lacs breeding facilities, Colon, Cuba.
Zenaida dove (Zenaida aurita) Cayman Islands, Caribbean.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Zenaida dove (Zenaida aurita) Cayman Islands, Caribbean.
Little Cayman Green Anole (Anolis maynardi)  Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. Endemic species.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Little Cayman Green Anole (Anolis maynardi) Little Cayman, Cayman Islands. Endemic species.
Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica) Salina Reserve Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica) Salina Reserve Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala) perched, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Cuban Amazon (Amazona leucocephala) perched, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Cayman Lucas's Blue butterfly (Cyclargus ammon erembis) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands. Endemic subspecies.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Cayman Lucas's Blue butterfly (Cyclargus ammon erembis) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands. Endemic subspecies.
Wild jasmine (Plumeria obtusa), Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Wild jasmine (Plumeria obtusa), Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands.
Western Spindalis (Spindalis zena) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Western Spindalis (Spindalis zena) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arborea) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
St Lucia amazon (Amazona versicolor) captive, vulnerable species, endemic to St. Lucia.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / St Lucia amazon (Amazona versicolor) captive, vulnerable species, endemic to St. Lucia.
West Indian Woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris) nesting in a dead palm tree, Salina Reserve, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / West Indian Woodpecker (Melanerpes superciliaris) nesting in a dead palm tree, Salina Reserve, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Silver Thatch Palm (Coccothrinax proctorii) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Silver Thatch Palm (Coccothrinax proctorii) Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Toa River en route to Humboldt National Park, near Baracoa, Guantanamo Province, Cuba, November 2011.  -  RHONDA KLEVANSKY
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RHONDA KLEVANSKY / Toa River en route to Humboldt National Park, near Baracoa, Guantanamo Province, Cuba, November 2011.
Habitat of Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei) preserved by Hellshire Hills, Jamaica.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Habitat of Jamaican Iguana (Cyclura collei) preserved by Hellshire Hills, Jamaica.
La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / La Hotte big-legged landfrog (Eleutherodactylus apostates), critically endangered, Haiti, captive
Turks and Caicos rock iguana (Cyclura carinata) endemic to the Turks and Caicos islands, Critically endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Turks and Caicos rock iguana (Cyclura carinata) endemic to the Turks and Caicos islands, Critically endangered species.
Hispaniolan giant treefrog (Osteopilus vastus), endangered, La Visite National Park, Massif de la Selle, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Hispaniolan giant treefrog (Osteopilus vastus), endangered, La Visite National Park, Massif de la Selle, Haiti, October
Cuban Ground Iguana (Cyclura nubila) captive in Zo, USA. Native to Cuba, and surrounding islets. Vulnerable species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Cuban Ground Iguana (Cyclura nubila) captive in Zo, USA. Native to Cuba, and surrounding islets. Vulnerable species.
Turks and Caicos rock iguana (Cyclura carinata) endemic to the Turks and Caicos islands, Critically endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Turks and Caicos rock iguana (Cyclura carinata) endemic to the Turks and Caicos islands, Critically endangered species.
Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) reintroduced adult, Cayaman Islands, Critically endangered species, endemic.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) reintroduced adult, Cayaman Islands, Critically endangered species, endemic.
Southern hispaniolan green anole (Anolis coelestinus), Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Southern hispaniolan green anole (Anolis coelestinus), Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
St Vincent amazon (Amazona guildingii) feeding on fruit, St. Vincent. Vulnerable species, endemic.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / St Vincent amazon (Amazona guildingii) feeding on fruit, St. Vincent. Vulnerable species, endemic.
Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), St. John, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean  -  Doug Wechsler
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Doug Wechsler / Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), St. John, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean
St Vincent amazon (Amazona guildingii) brown phase. Captive, endemic to St. Vincent. Vulnerable species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / St Vincent amazon (Amazona guildingii) brown phase. Captive, endemic to St. Vincent. Vulnerable species.
St Lucia amazon (Amazona versicolor) on branch, St. Lucia. Vulnerable species, endemic.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / St Lucia amazon (Amazona versicolor) on branch, St. Lucia. Vulnerable species, endemic.
Jamaican iguanas (Cyclura collei) captive at Kingston Zoo breeding program. Endemic to Jamaica. Critically endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Jamaican iguanas (Cyclura collei) captive at Kingston Zoo breeding program. Endemic to Jamaica. Critically endangered species.
Imperial amazon (Amazona imperialis) captive, endemic to Dominica. Endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Imperial amazon (Amazona imperialis) captive, endemic to Dominica. Endangered species.
Cuban Ground Iguana (Cyclura nubila) feeding on flowers, introduce species, Puerto Rico. Vulnerable species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Cuban Ground Iguana (Cyclura nubila) feeding on flowers, introduce species, Puerto Rico. Vulnerable species.
View from Carib / Kalinago Indian Reserve on the East coast of Dominica, West Indies, Caribbean. July 2008.  -  Michele Westmorland
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Michele Westmorland / View from Carib / Kalinago Indian Reserve on the East coast of Dominica, West Indies, Caribbean. July 2008.
Cloud forest, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October 2010  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Cloud forest, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October 2010
Short nosed green landfrog (Eleutherodactylus brevirostris), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Short nosed green landfrog (Eleutherodactylus brevirostris), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
Aerial view of the Blue Hole, collapsed cavern, now submerged, Lighthouse Atoll  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Aerial view of the Blue Hole, collapsed cavern, now submerged, Lighthouse Atoll
Macaya burrowing landfrog (Eleutherodactylus parapelates), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October  -  Claudio Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Macaya burrowing landfrog (Eleutherodactylus parapelates), critically endangered, Pic Macaya National Park, Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, October
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