Megalomys desmarestii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Megalomys desmarestii
Species Authority: (J. Fischer, 1829)
Common Name(s):
English Desmarest’s Pilorie, Antillean Giant Rice 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 as it has not been found since approximately 1897.
1996 Extinct

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was known from Martinique.
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: Extinct.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Very little known, possibly occurred in forest and plantations in the 19th Century.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Most likely extinct due to the introduction of mongoose - although it has been suggested that the eruption of Mt. Pele in 1902 might have played a role in its final decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Available at: (Accessed: 5 October 2008).

Citation: Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. 2008. Megalomys desmarestii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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