Plagiodontia aedium 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Capromyidae

Scientific Name: Plagiodontia aedium F. Cuvier, 1836
Common Name(s):
English Cuvier's Hutia, Hispaniolan Hutia, Hispanolan Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered A4acde ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Turvey, S. & Incháustegui, S.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
This species is considered to be Endangered due to an estimated past and projected future population reduction. Over the past 2 generations (20 years) and one generation into the future (10 years) the total population will have been reduced by over 50% due to invasive species, habitat loss, persecution as a crop pest, and hunting.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known a few isolated areas on Hispaniola.
Countries occurrence:
Dominican Republic; Haiti
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:Almost nothing is known about this species. On a recent survey near Massif de la Hotte, Haiti, the species was not uncommon, but was only found in isolated areas where they were considered to be an agricultural pest (Turvey pers. comm.). Populations have been drastically reduced, and are restricted to a few remaining areas of suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is poorly known. It is terrestrial and arboreal and inhabits subtropical and tropical forest, as well as rocky areas. It is known to live in rocky outcrops and hide in crevices among rocks. It is herbivorous (folivorous) and eats numerous plants and local crops.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Often killed as a crop pest and opportunistically hunted for food in Haiti. Increasing habitat destruction both within and outside of protected areas is a major threat. In addition, invasive species (mongoose, cats, dogs and rats) persecute and kill individuals of the species. These compounding factors have resulted in the extirpation of the animal from much of its former range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Turvey, S. & Incháustegui, S. 2008. Plagiodontia aedium. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T17460A7086930. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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