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Mesocapromys sanfelipensis (San Felipe hutia)

Wikipedia Abstract

The San Felipe hutia (Mesocapromys sanfelipensis), also known as the little earth hutia, formerly found in Cuba, is listed on the 2008 IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered, Possibly Extinct.
View Wikipedia Record: Mesocapromys sanfelipensis

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Mesocapromys sanfelipensis

EDGE Analysis

The little earth hutia is a very poorly known species that was first discovered in 1970 on a single tiny island, Cayo Juan Garcia, in the Cayos de San Felipe off southwestern Cuba. A large series of specimens was collected by Cuban researchers from the island during the 1970s, and the species has not been seen since 1978, when 43 individuals were taken as museum specimens. Black rats have been accidentally introduced to the Cayos de San Felipe and are extremely abundant today, posing a major threat to small native hutias. Intensive hunting of hutias and habitat destruction may also have occurred in the recent past. Surveys of the Cayos de San Felipe in the 1980s and 2003 found no surviving hutias, and this species may already be extinct.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.95
EDGE Score: 5.07
View EDGE Record: Mesocapromys sanfelipensis


Forages - Ground [1]  100 %

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Cayos de San Felipe Fuanal Refuge Cuba  

Range Map

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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