Geocapromys ingrahami


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Geocapromys ingrahami
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1891)
Common Name(s):
English Bahaman Hutia, Ingraham's Hutia

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Turvey, S. & Dávalos, L.
Reviewer(s): McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)
Listed as Vulnerable due to a very restricted population (less than 6 locations). While these populations are currently stable, they face possible threats in the future from stochastic events (such as hurricanes) and the introduction of predators.
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)
1988 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Rare (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)
1982 Rare (Thornback and Jenkins 1982)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the type locality (East Plana Keys, Bahamas) and introduced populations on Little Wax Cay (1973) and Warderivk Wells Cay (1981), Bahamas. (Woods and Kilpatrick 2005).
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Population [top]

Population: This species is poorly known. It has been extirpated from much of its range; it may be locally abundant on the three small islands where it remains. Population estimates are outdated but are exist: East Plana Key (12,000 individuals), Little Wax Key (1,200) (Campbell et al. 1991, Clough 1972).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found on coral atolls with semi-arid woody scrub and thicket; it is the most terrestrial of the hutias. It is herbivorous and is known to eat the fruits, leaves and trunks of island vegetation, and occasionally seaweed.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Populations remain stable on the few islands where the species persists, however, these islands are susceptible to being wiped out by stochastic events such as hurricanes. All populations are threatened by the possibility of a feral cat arriving to the islands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures.

Citation: Turvey, S. & Dávalos, L. 2008. Geocapromys ingrahami. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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