Mysateles prehensilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mysateles prehensilis
Species Authority: (Poeppig, 1824)
Common Name(s):
English Prehensile-tailed Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened 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 Near Threatened because, although locally common, populations have been severely fragmented and the species is in decline due to conversion of forest to agriculture. Over the past 30 years (3 generations) this species has declined by nearly (but not quite) 30%, making it close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion A2.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs across the entire mainland Cuba (Soy pers. comm.).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is locally common. Where appropriate habitat remains, it is reported to be have one of the most dense hutia populations in Cuba (Borroto Paez and Ramos Garcia 2003).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The species is completely arboreal and is a specialized folivore (leaf eater). It is forest dependent, and occurs in both primary and secondary forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat destruction and fragmentation of habitat have affected the species in some portions of its range. It is hunted in some areas, but to a lesser degree than other hutia. It is often eaten by dogs near human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in numerous protected areas.

Citation: Soy, J. & Silva, G. 2008. Mysateles prehensilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 March 2015.
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