Heteropsomys insulans


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Heteropsomys insulans
Species Authority: Anthony, 1916
Common Name(s):
English Insular Cave Rat
Taxonomic Notes: This species includes the junior synonym H. antillensis which was previously interpreted as a separate species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Turvey, S. & Helgen, K.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Extinct. Radio carbon dating has recently shown that this species probably persisted until the time of first European arrival in the West Indies.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was known from Puerto Rico and Vieques Island.
Regionally extinct:
Puerto Rico
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Population [top]

Population: Extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Not known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Possibly rats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. 2008. Heteropsomys insulans. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 05 September 2015.
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