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Garrido's hutia

Garrido's hutia

Garrido's hutia (Capromys garridoi) is a critically endangered or possibly extinct species[2] of hutia that is found in the Cuban moist forests Global 200 ecoregion.

Garrido's hutia

Critically endangered, possibly extinct  (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Echimyidae
Tribe: Capromyini
Genus: Capromys
C. garridoi
Binomial name
Capromys garridoi
(Varona, 1970)

Mysateles garridoi


It was formerly classified in the genus Mysateles, but phylogenetic analysis supports it belonging to the genus Capromys, of which the only other member is the Desmarest's hutia (C. pilorides).[3] It is not known if the species is truly distinct from C. pilorides; some authors have interpreted it as a misidentified specimen of it, but others consider it a distinct species based on cranial morphometric analysis. The American Society of Mammalogists tentatively recognizes it as a distinct species.[3][4][5]


Its range is thought to include small islands in the Banco de los Jardins y Jardinillos of Canarreos Archipelago south of Cuba's Zapata Peninsula and east of the Isle of Youth. A single animal was collected around 1970 on Cayos Maja off of south-central Cuba. In 1989, two additional animals were captured alive in keys near Cayos Maja.


  1. Soy, J. & Silva, G. (2008). "Mysateles garridoi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  2. "ITIS - Report: Mysateles garridoi".
  3. Turvey, Samuel T; Kennerley, Rosalind J; Nuñez-Miño, Jose M; Young, Richard P (2017-07-29). "The Last Survivors: current status and conservation of the non-volant land mammals of the insular Caribbean". Journal of Mammalogy. 98 (4): 918–936. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyw154. ISSN 0022-2372.
  4. Upham, Nathan S; Borroto-Páez, Rafael (2017-07-29). "Molecular phylogeography of endangered Cuban hutias within the Caribbean radiation of capromyid rodents". Journal of Mammalogy. 98 (4): 950–963. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyx077. ISSN 0022-2372.
  5. "Explore the Database". Retrieved 2021-09-27.
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