The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Boromys torrei Allen, 1917:6

Torre’s cave rat, Small Cuban spiny rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: Holocene

IUCN status: Extinct


Boromys torrei is only known from subfossil remains, some of which have been found in the same layer as [i]Rattus[/i] sp., implying that it survived until European colonisation (Turvey & Helgen, 2008).









Holotype: MCZ VP9601 (palate)

Type locality: Cuba: Matanzas Province, cave in Sierra de Hato Nuevo.






Original scientific description:

Allen, Glover Morrill. (1917). New fossil mammals of Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 61: 3-12.


Other references:

Allen, Glover Morrill. (1918). Fossil mammals from Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 62: 133-148.

Anthony, H. E. (1919). Mammals collected in eastern Cuba in 1917. With descriptions of two new species. Bulletin of American Museum of Natural History 41: 625-643.

Aranda, E., Viñola-López, L. W., & Álvarez-Lajonchere, L. (2020). New insights on the quaternary fossil record of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 102: 102656.

Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Mancina, Carlos A., Woods, Charles A. and Kilpatrick, C. William. (2012). Checklist: Updated Checklist of Endemic Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies, pp. 389-415. In: Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Woods, Charles A. and Sergile, F. E. (eds.). Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies: Contributions. Gainesville, Florida: Florida Museum of Natural History and Wacahoota Press. 482 pp.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Díaz-Franco, S. (2002). La variación del diseño oclusal inferior en Boromys torrei (Rodentia: Echimyidae). Revista Biología 16(1): 60-65.

Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. (2008). Boromys torrei. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 09 July 2011.


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