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English: Black spiny-tailed iguana Scientific: Ctenosaura similis Gray Maaya t’aan: Juuj, T’ol juuj Description: This is the largest lizard found in our area, males reaching length of 1.5 meters (almost five feet), and females one meter (3.2 feet). At birth they are grey in color, changing to green over a few months’ time; by six …

The wildlife of the Riviera Maya and its environment XII

Scientific: Acropora palmata Lamarck Maaya t’aan: N/a English: Elkhorn coral Description: As is the case with other corals, this is a colony of microscopic animals, related to the jellyfish. They secrete a branched, calcareous skeletal structure that resembles elk horns. They can be dark yellow or brownish, depending upon their zooxanthellae—microscopic single-celled algae that live …