Hispaniolan Boas

I am studying conservation genetics, phylogeography, and natural history of the three endemic species of boas on Hispaniola. As of Nov. 2013 we have conducted two field expeditions and are initiating genetic analyses.

Collaborators: Stesha Pasachnik (San Diego Zoo Global) and Alberto Puente-Rolon (UIPR, Arecibo),

Haitian Boa (Chilabothrus striatus)

Miches*, Dominican Republic, Oct. 2103
An unusual color pattern

 

 

 

Hispaniolan Vine Boa (Chilabothrus gracilis)

Miches*, Dominican Republic, Oct. 2103
A highly specialized Anole predator

 

 

*I urge other researchers to use caution if planning to visit Miches. This area can be very unsafe at night.

Publications from this research:

Reynolds, R.G., M.L. Niemiller, S.B. Hedges, A. Dornburg, A.R. Puente-Rolón, and L.J. Revell. 2013. Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of West Indian boid snakes (Chilabothrus). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 68: 461-470  [doi]  [Treebase] [pdf]