Nesophontes zamicrus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Nesophontidae

Scientific Name: Nesophontes zamicrus
Species Authority: Miller, 1929
Common Name(s):
English Haitian 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Extinct (EX)
1994 Extinct (Ex)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to Haiti.
Countries occurrence:
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.
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: An insectivorous species, it was the smallest of the Nesophontes.
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 zamicrus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14676A4455468. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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