Animal Info - Garrido's Hutia

Mysateles garridoi (Capromys g.)

Status: Critically Endangered


Contents

1. Profile (Picture)
2. Status and Trends (IUCN Status, Countries Where Currently Found, History of Distribution, Threats and Reasons for Decline)
3. Data on Biology and Ecology (Habitat)
4. References


Profile

Pictures: Related Species: Bahamas Hutia (7 Kb JPEG) and Jamaican Hutia (8 Kb JPEG) 

Garrido's hutia is found on small islands. It occurs in the Greater Antillean Moist Forests Global 200 Ecoregion. Garrido's hutia had previously only been found on Cayos Maja off of south-central Cuba, where 1 animal was collected around 1970. It was thought to occur on small islands in the Banco de los Jardins y Jardinillos of the Archipelago de los Cannaroes south of the Zapata Peninsula and east of the Isle of Pines. In 1989, two animals were captured alive in keys near Cayos Maja. Garrido's hutia is hunted by visiting fishermen, and human activity in its range is increasing.


Status and Trends

IUCN Status:

  • 1982 - 1988: Indeterminate
  • 1990 - 1994: Endangered
  • 1996 - 2004: Critically Endangered (Criteria: D) (IUCN 2004)

Countries Where Garrido's Hutia Is Currently Found:

2004: Occurs in Cuba (IUCN 2004).

History of Distribution:

Garrido's hutia had previously only been found on Cayos Maja off of south-central Cuba, where 1 animal was collected around 1970. It was thought to occur on small islands in the Banco de los Jardins y Jardinillos of the Archipelago de los Cannaroes south of the Zapata Peninsula and east of the Isle of Pines (Lidicker 1989). In 1989, two animals were captured alive in keys near Cayos Maja (Alvarez & Gonzalez 1991).

Distribution Map (12 Kb)  (InfoNatura)

Threats and Reasons for Decline:

Garrido's hutia is hunted by visiting fishermen, and human activity in its range is increasing.


Data on Biology and Ecology

Habitat:

Garrido's hutia is found on small islands.

Garrido's hutia is one of the species that live in both the Caribbean Biodiversity Hotspot (Cons. Intl.) and the Greater Antillean Moist Forests Global 200 Ecoregion. (Olson & Dinerstein 1998, Olson & Dinerstein 1999)


References

Alvarez & Gonzalez 1991, Burton & Pearson 1987, Cons. Intl., InfoNatura, IUCN 1994, IUCN 1996, IUCN 2000, IUCN 2003a, IUCN 2004, Lidicker 1989, Nowak 1999, Nowak & Paradiso 1983, Olson & Dinerstein 1998, Olson & Dinerstein 1999, Oryx 1972e


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