Cuscomys oblativa   (Eaton)


 
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Inca Tomb Rat
(Cuscomys oblativa)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Peru

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
This species is known only from two sculls, that were found in the burial sites of Machu Picchu in southeastern Peru, and was scientifically described in the year 1916.

The species is officially considered extinct since about 1500, and is also included in the IUCN Red List, but is most probably still extant, and was possibly even photographed alive in the year 2009.

 
References:

- G. M. Castillo: Detectan en Cusco a roedor declarado extinto. El Comercio (Peru). 12.08.2009