Mysateles meridionalis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mysateles meridionalis
Species Authority: (Varona, 1986)
Common Name(s):
English Isla De La Juventud Tree Hutia, Southern Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A2de; C2a(ii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Soy, J., Borroto, R. & Silva, G.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Critically Endangered because in the past three generations (30 years) the species has rarely been observed and is inferred to have declined by at least 80% due to extensive hunting and introduced species (feral cats, R. rattus). It is suspected that there are less than 250 individuals remaining in the wild, with over 90% of the individuals existing in one subpopulation. This species has not been seen in many years, in spite of several expeditions (1987-1993) and it is presumed to be very near extinction.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to lowland forests southwest of the central savanna of the Isla de la Joventud (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
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Population [top]

Population: In recent expeditions, no evidence of this species has been found (Borroto Paez and Ramos Garcia 2003).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is poorly known, but is thought to use climbing plants or vines between trees for shelter, nests and substratum (Borroto Paez and Ramos Garcia 2003).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is presumably hunted, however, it is unclear if there are many left in the wild to hunt. Introduced species (feral cats, Rattus rattus) are also a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in one multiple-use protected area (Sur de la Isla).

Citation: Soy, J., Borroto, R. & Silva, G. 2008. Mysateles meridionalis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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