Boromys torrei

Torre's Cave Rat
(Boromys torrei)

syn. -


Cuba: Isla de la Juventud; Cuba

local name: -

size: (?)

extinction date: after 1500 (?)

Like its next relative, the Oriente Cave Rat (Boromys offella), this smaller spiny rat species is only known on the basis of subfossil bone remains.

The reasons for its extinction are exactly the same as for its larger relative.


Torre's Cave Rat (Boromys torrei); scull

Photo from 'Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. Vol 62. 1918-1919. Cambridge, Mass., USA'


- Alexandra van der Geer; George Lyras; John de Vos; Michael Dermitzakis: Evolution of Island Mammals: Adaptation and Extinction of Placental Mammals on Islands. John Wiley & Sons 2010