Mesocapromys sanfelipensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Capromyidae

Scientific Name: Mesocapromys sanfelipensis (Varona & Garrido, 1970)
Common Name(s):
English Little Earth Hutia, San Felipe Hutia
Spanish jutia de la tierra

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct) D 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)
Listed as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). This species has not been seen in nearly 40 years. Recent survey efforts failed to find any individuals of the species. If there are any individuals remaining the population would most likely be less than 50 individuals.
Date last seen: 1978
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from specimens collected at the type locality: Cayo Juan Garcia (21°59'N, 83°31'W), Archipiélago de los Canorreos, Pinar del Rio Province, Cuba (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005). It was last seen in 1978 when 43 animals were collected from the island.
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Population [top]

Population:Very little is known of the populations. Intensive trap surveys have not captured any individuals in recent efforts (Soy pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Very little is known about this species. It seems to prefer coastal forests.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It has been suggested that the reasons for the Little Earth Hutia's decline may have been hunting by humans, competition with introduced rats (Rattus rattus), and habitat loss from fires (Alvarez and Gonzales 1991). A military installation was previously located on these islands and it is believed that during this time hunting was intensive from military personnel. Today fisherman use the island and many accidental fires have resulted from their cooking fires (Soy pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The islands where this species occurs is a Faunal Refuge (Cayos de San Felipe Faunal Refuge).

Citation: Soy, J. & Silva, G. 2008. Mesocapromys sanfelipensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T13218A3420932. . Downloaded on 18 August 2018.
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