Megalomys desmarestii 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Cricetidae

Scientific Name: Megalomys desmarestii (J. Fischer, 1829)
Common Name(s):
English Desmarest’s Pilorie, Antillean Giant Rice Rat
Taxonomic Notes: Will be transferred to family Cricetidae.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2017-08-23
Assessor(s): Turvey, S.T. & Helgen, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
This species is listed as Extinct as it has not been found since approximately 1897.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species was known from Martinique.
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Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is now Extinct.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Very little is known about the habitats and ecology of this species. It possibly occurred in forest and plantations in the 19th century.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species most likely extinct due to the introduction of mongoose, although it has been suggested that the eruption of Mt. Pele in 1902 might have played a role in its final decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation actions are not applicable to this species as it is already extinct.

Citation: Turvey, S.T. & Helgen, K. 2017. Megalomys desmarestii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T12980A22377057. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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