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Isolobodon portoricensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA RODENTIA CAPROMYIDAE

Scientific Name: Isolobodon portoricensis
Species Authority: Allen, 1916
Common Name/s:
English Puerto Rican Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor/s: Turvey, S. & Dávalos, L.
Reviewer/s: McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Justification:
Listed as Extinct because it has not been recorded for more than century.
History:
1996 Critically Endangered
1994 Extinct (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was known from Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) and offshore islands. It was introduced to Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Mona Islands. It was the only known hutia on La Gonave island (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005).
Countries:
Regionally extinct:
Dominican Republic; Haiti
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Population [top]

Population: MacPhee and Flemming (1999) consider this species to be extinct. This species likely went extinct after 1500 AD (estimated at 1525 AD on Mona Island by Nieves-Rivera and McFarlane 2001) following European settlement although some reports exist suggesting possible survival to approximately 1800 AD.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species was poorly known, although a wide range of habitats has been reported.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The main threat in the past which led to the decline of this population was probably predation by introduced mongooses and Rattus rattus. The species was historically hunted by Arawak Indians, however, this likely did not lead to the decline of the species as it went extinct following European settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.
Citation: Turvey, S. & Dávalos, L. 2008. Isolobodon portoricensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.
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