First Record of the Spectacled Caiman Caiman c. crocodilus for Chacachacare, Bocas Islands, Trinidad and Tobago

Floyd E. Hayes, Jack C. Eitniear


The spectacled caiman Caiman c. crocodilus is a common resident of Trinidad and Tobago that occasionally wanders out to sea and has been reported as a waif in the easternmost Bocas Islands of Monos and Gaspar Grande (Murphy 1997). Here we document the first record from Chacachacare, the westernmost of Trinidad's Bocas Islands, where it has not been reported previously (Lall and Hayes 2000).

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