Mesocapromys angelcabrerai 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Capromyidae

Scientific Name: Mesocapromys angelcabrerai (Varona, 1979)
Common Name(s):
English Cabrera's Hutia
Spanish Jutia conguina

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered C2a(i) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Soy, J. & Silva, G.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is considered to be Endangered as the total number of mature individuals is less than 2,500 and is distributed among a number of subpopulations (islands) where none have more than 250 individuals. In addition, this species' total extent of occurrence is less that 300 km2.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from Cayos de Ana Maria, Cuba (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005). Another population exists on the coastal mainland at Jucaro Este (Soy pers. comm.)
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Population [top]

Population:This species is locally common where there is adequate shelter (mangrove roots or ground cover), but is restricted to a small area (Soy pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is poorly known. It is reported as being restricted to swamps, marshland and small islands off the southern coast of Cuba (Nowak 1999). This species builds communal shelters in mangrove trees (Nowak 1999).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is accidentally captured in traps set for a larger animal.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The primary threat to this species is hunting; the species is accidentally captured in traps designed to catch the larger Capromys pilorides by fisherman who frequent the islands (Soy pers. comm.). There is some level of competition with the introduced Rattus rattus, however, the extent of this threat is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in the Wildlife Refuge Cayos Anamaria.

Citation: Soy, J. & Silva, G. 2008. Mesocapromys angelcabrerai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13215A3420155. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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