|Scientific Name:||Oryzomys curasoae|
|Species Authority:||McFarlane & Debrot, 2001|
|Taxonomic Notes:||This species might be conspecific with the extant Oryzomys gorgasi (Weksler et al. 2006).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||McKnight, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team) & Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority)|
This taxon is only known from subfossil remains that probably correspond to the arrival of Europeans several hundred years ago (based on the presence of R. rattus remains at the same site). However, because of uncertainty about the taxonomy of this taxon (it may be conspecific with the extant Oryzomys gorgasi it is listed as Data Deficient rather than as Extinct.
|Range Description:||This species (if distinct) is endemic to Curaçao Island in the Netherlands Antilles.|
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|Population:||This species if valid, is presumed to be extinct.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||No known information.|
|Major Threat(s):||Rattus rattus remains were found together with those of O. curasoae suggesting that the introduced Black Rat may have played a role in its demise.|
McFarlane, D. A. and Debrot, A. O. 2001. A New Species of Extinct Oryzomyine Rodent from the Quaternary of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Caribbean Journal of Science 37: 182-184.
Weksler, M., Percequillo, A. R. and Voss, R. S. 2006. Ten new genera of Oryzomyine rodents (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae). American Museum Novitates 3537: 1-29.
|Citation:||Lamoreux, J. 2008. Oryzomys curasoae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 July 2014.|
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