Mesocapromys nanus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Capromyidae

Scientific Name: Mesocapromys nanus
Species Authority: (G.M. Allen, 1917)
Common Name(s):
English Dwarf Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically 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 Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). This species has not been seen over 70 years. Efforts are needed to survey the area to see if there are individuals remaining. If there are any individuals remaining the population would be less than 250 with less than 50 individuals in any subpopulation.
Date last seen: 1937
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Critically Endangered (CR)
1994 Endangered (E)
1990 Endangered (E)
1988 Endangered (E)
1986 Endangered (E)
1982 Endangered (E)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Ciénega de Zapata, Matanzas Province, Cuba (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Possibly extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: This species was last seen in 1937 (Soy pers. comm.), although unconfirmed tracks and droppings have been reported in the Zapata Swamp (Alvarez and Gonzalez 1991).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is poorly known. It may live on dry islets and forest outcrops in the Zapata Swamp, however, the inaccessibilty of this region has made it very difficult to study in the past.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats include introduced fauna (Rattus rattus and others) and accidental fires, which pose a major threat to the habitat where this species is presumed to be found.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in PN Cienaga de Zapata.

Citation: Soy, J. & Silva, G. 2008. Mesocapromys nanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13217A3420679. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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