Brotomys voratus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Brotomys voratus
Species Authority: Miller, 1916
Common Name(s):
English Hispaniolan Edible Rat

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): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Extinct. This species went extinct soon after European arrival. This species is also known from relatively recent fossil remains, some of which have been dated to the modern historical era.
1996 Extinct
1994 Extinct (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was known from Hispaniola. The only report of this species is from Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo y Valdez who lived on the island from 1536 to 1546 and documented an animal called the Mohuy that matches the description of living spiny rats.
Regionally extinct:
Dominican Republic; Haiti
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Population [top]

Population: Extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Not known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Driven to extinction by introduced rats. Was hunted by Arawak Indians prior to European arrival.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Citation: Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. 2008. Brotomys voratus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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