Nesophontes micrus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Nesophontes micrus
Species Authority: G.M. Allen, 1917
Common Name(s):
English Western Cuban Nesophontes

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Turvey, S. & Helgen, K.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Extinct because it is known only from recent fossil deposits.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to Cuba, including the Isle of Pines.
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: The species is known only from skulls and skeletal material found in owl pellets. Recent carbon dates from fossil material, suggest that they persisted until the modern era and their extinction followed the arrival of European settlers.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An insectivorous species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Introduced rats are the most likely cause of the extinction of this species. Remains of this species have been found together with those of Rattus spp. and Mus spp. which were introduced to the island by European ships. The burning of forests for cultivation purposes is also considered to have pushed these species to extinction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not applicable.

Citation: Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. 2008. Nesophontes micrus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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