Mesocapromys auritus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Capromyidae

Scientific Name: Mesocapromys auritus (Varona, 1970)
Common Name(s):
English Large-eared Hutia, Eared Hutia
Spanish Jutía rata

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered C2a(ii) 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 at least 95% of the individuals are in one subpopulation (Isla Fragoso).
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the type locality: Cayo Fragoso (22°41’N, 79°27’W), Archipiélago de Sabana, Villa Clara, Cuba (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Number of Locations:1
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Population [top]

Population:This species is locally common on Cayo Fragoso, Cuba. However, the total number of mature individuals is not over 2,500.
Current Population Trend:Stable
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 mangrove areas where roots provide shelter. This species builds communal shelters in mangrove trees (Nowak 1999).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The primary threat to this species is illegal hunting by fishermen 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: The entire island where this species is found is completely protected by the Lanzanillo-Pajonal-Fragoso Wildlife Refuge.

Citation: Soy, J. & Silva, G. 2008. Mesocapromys auritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13216A3420414. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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