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Diversity in the Dutch Caribbean

Michiel Oversteegen and Gerard van Buurt and Marion Haarsma

35 endemic species for Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and the Saba Bank

Hannco Bakker - 17 December 2018
The Saban Anole (Anolis sabanus) endemic to Saba.
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Mark Yokoyama

In a new report published by various authors from Wageningen University & Research and Naturalis Biodiversity Center 223 species are listed as endemic for the Lesser Antilles and occuring on the islands Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten, including the Saba Bank. 35 species are reported as endemic for only the SSS islands or Saba Bank. It is expected that the total number of endemics is probably much larger than reported, because of the little taxonomic research that has been conducted in the SSS islands for many groups.


Bos OG, Bakker PAJ, Henkens RJHG, De Freitas JA, Debrot AO (2018).Preliminary checklist of extant endemic species of St. Martin, St. Eustatius, Saba and Saba Bank. Wageningen, Wageningen Marine Research (University & Research centre), Wageningen Marine Research report C067/18…