Isolobodon portoricensis


 
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Puerto Rican Hutia
(Isolobodon portoricensis)

 
syn. Isolobodon levir, Isolobodon portoricensis levir

 
distribution:

Dominican Republic: East Hispaniola
Haiti: West Hispaniola, Ile de la Gonave, Ile de la Tortue
Puerto Rico: Isla Mona, Isla Vieques, Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas

 
native name: -

 
size: ?

extinction date: ca. 1280 - 1425 A.D.

 
This species originally was native to the island of Hispaniola and perhaps also to some smaller offshore islands. Real fossil remains without anthropogenic relations are known so far only from the island of Hispaniola.

However this species was described from the island of Puerto Rico, namely on the basis of midden remains of former aborigines.

The Puerto Rican Hutia was brought by the natives to other islands for nutrition purposes, among them also several of the Virgin Islands, actually all bone remains of this species found outside the island of Hispaniola were found in the litter of fomer natives settlements.

 
References:

- Storrs L. Olson: 'Fossil Vertebrates from the Bahamas.' (1982)
- Donald A. McFarlane; Abel Vale; Keith Christenson; Joyce Lundberg; Gabriel Atilles; Stein-Erik Lauritzen: 'New Specimens of Late Quaternary Extinct Mammals from Caves in Sanchez Ramirez Province, Dominican Republic.' (2000)
- Clare Flemming; R. D. E. MacPhee: 'Redetermination of Holotype of Isolobodon portoricensis (Rodentia, Capromyidae), with Notes on Recent Mammalian Extinctions in Puerto Rico' (1999)