Atopogale cubana 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Eulipotyphla Solenodontidae

Scientific Name: Atopogale cubana (Peters, 1861)
Common Name(s):
English Cuban Solenodon
Spanish Almiqui
Atopogale cubanus (Peters, 1861) [orth. error]
Solenodon cubanus Peters, 1861
Taxonomic Source(s): Roca, A.L., Bar-Gal, G.K., Eizirik, E., Helgen, K.M., Maria, R., Springer, M.S., O’Brien, S.J. and Murphy, W.J. 2004. Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores. Nature 429: 649-651.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Soy, J. & Mancina, C.A.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Endangered because its extent of occurrence is less than 5,000 km², all individuals are in fewer than five locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat, as well as the number of mature individuals due to predation by introduced species.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is only known from southeastern Cuba, however, remains have been found from Late Quaternary and Amerindian sites all over the island (Ottenwalder, 2001 in Hutterer, 2005).
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Population [top]

Population:By 1970, some thought that the Cuban Solenodon had become extinct, since no specimens had been found since 1890. However, three were captured in 1974 and 1975, and subsequent surveys showed that it still occurred in many places in central and western Oriente Province, at the eastern end of Cuba. However, it is rare everywhere. It is considered to be even more rare than Solenodon paradoxus (Carlos A. Mancina pers. comm.).

The last alive specimens of Aptogale cubanus were found in Sierra del Cristal National Park in 1998 and Alexander Humboldt National Park in 2003, Holguin Province. One specimen was found dead in 2005 (Juan Soy pers. comm.).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The Cuban Solenodon is found in dense, humid forests and brush country. Small frogs, insects and spiders, found in soil and in leaf litter form most of its diet. Solenodons obtain food by rooting in the ground with their snouts and by tearing into rotten logs and trees with their foreclaws. This species is mainly nocturnal, hiding during the day in rock clefts, hollow trees, or burrows which it excavates itself. Adult Cuban solenodons are solitary, other than mothers with young. Litter size is one or two young. The young are born in a nesting burrow. Young remain with their mother for several months (Varona, 1980; Ottenwalder, 2001 in Hutterer, 2005; Juan Soy pers. comm.).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Feral dogs and cats are probably the greatest threat to this species. In addition to predation by introduced predators, habitat loss is also a factor contributing to the solenodon's rarity. The Cuban Solenodon is not hunted for food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species has been recorded from Pico Cristal and Alexander Humboldt National Parks.

Amended [top]

Amended reason: Was previously assessed under Solenodon, but is now treated under Atopogale hence the need for an amended assessment. The text has also been updated to reflect the name change and some minor typographical errors have also been corrected.

Citation: Soy, J. & Mancina, C.A. 2017. Atopogale cubana (amended version of 2008 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T20320A114117750. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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