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Information icon Dewy forest in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Photo © José Almodovar.

Wildlife

  • A small, black and white bird flies over ocean waters.
    Information icon Black-capped petrel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Photo © Brian Patteson, seabirding.com, used with permission.

    Black-capped petrel

    Taxon: Bird Range: Breeds on Hispaniola within the countries of Dominican Republic and Haiti; forages offshore in waters of the Atlantic off the coast of northern South America through North America as far north as Maine, occasionally further into Canada Status: Proposed for listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act The black-capped petrel is a seabird found in North America and the Caribbean, and is known by several common names: “black-capped petrel,” “capped petrel,” and “West Indian petrel” in North America and on English-speaking islands.  Visit the species profile...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel.

    Elfin-woods warbler

    The elfin-woods warbler was discovered in 1968. In 2016, the elfin-woods warbler was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act with a Section 4(d) rule providing exemptions for certain agriculture and forestry activities that may benefit the species.  Visit the species profile...

  • A bright white flower emerges from a prickly cactus.
    Information icon Flowering higo chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis). Photo by Omar Monsegur, USFWS.

    Higo chumbo

    Higo chumbo is a columnar cactus currently found at three small offshore islands of western Puerto Rico; Mona, Monito and Desecheo. In addition, several individuals are known to occur at Caja de Muertos, an offshore island south of Puerto Rico.  Visit the species profile...

  • A leafy green plant with bright purple flowers
    Information icon Male marron bacora flowers. Photo by USFWS.

    Marron bacora

    Marron bacora is a rare, tropical dry forest shrub native to the Virgin Islands. Originally described in 1813 from a specimen collected in the late 1700s, it was presumed to have gone extinct until its rediscovery in 1992.  Visit the species profile...

  • A small, sand-colored reptile between the cracks of a rock
    Information icon Monito gecko. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, USFWS.

    Monito gecko

    The Monito gecko is the only species of the Sphaerodactylus genus found on Monito Island off the coast of Puerto Rico. It is a tiny reptile, usually measuring an inch and a half (3.5 centimeters) long. It has a gray body, a dark brown tail, and has two dark patches with a white dot on its neck.  Visit the species profile...

  • An orange, black and cream colored butterfly perched on a yellow flowering plant
    Information icon Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly. Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.

    Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly

    One of four species of Atlantea butterflies that inhabit the Greater Antilles, only the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly occurs in Puerto Rico. With a small population size, no more than 50 butterflies have ever been recorded in a single survey.  Visit the species profile...

  • A brownish peach colored frog with big round eyes
    A female frog on a tree branch. Photo by JP Zegarra, USFWS.

    Puerto Rican rock frog or coquí guajón

    The Puerto Rican rock frog is known by several names: Puerto Rican cave frog, guajón, and the Puerto Rican demon. It is found exclusively in southeastern Puerto Rico.  Visit the species profile...

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