The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Solenodon arredondoi Morgan & Ottenwalder, 1993:154

Giant solenodon



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Solenodon cf. cubanus (Morgan et al. 1980)


The existence of this recently extinct species was first mentioned in the literature by (Morgan et al. 1980) and subsequently described by (Morgan & Ottenwalder, 1993) when diagnostic material became available for comparison with [i]S. cubanus[/i], the other solenodon species known from Cuba.


Conservation Status

Last record: late Quaternary



Cuba (western)












Original scientific description:
Morgan, Gary S. and Ottenwalder, Jose A. (1993). A new extinct species of Solenodon (Mammalia: Insectivora: Solenodontidae) from the late Quaternary of Cuba. Annals of Carnegie Museum 62(2): 151-164.
Other references:

Alcover, Josep Antoni et al. (1998). Mammal Species of the World: Additional Data on Insular Mammals. American Museum Novitates 3248, 29 pp., 1 table.

Bannikova, Anna A. (2018). Molecular evolution of Eulipotyphla: unresolved problems of phylogenetic reconstruction. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 29(XI ATIt Congress Supplement): 5.

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.

Ignacio Ramos García and Rafael Borroto Páez. (2000). Ejemplares tipo de mamíferos en colecciones cubanas. Orsis 15: 75-89.

Herrera-Uria, Jane et al. (2015). Type specimens housed in the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba. Solenodon 12: 84-123.

McDowell, Samuel Booker Jnr. (1958). The Greater Antillean Insectivores. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 115(3): 113-214, figures 1-46, tables 1, 2.

Morgan, G. S., and J. A. Ottenwalder. 1993. A new extinct species of Solenodon (Mammalia: Insectivora: Solenodontidae) from the Late Quaternary of Cuba. Annals of Carnegie Museum, 62:151-164.

Morgan, Gary S., Ray, Clayton E. and Arredondo, Oscar. (1980). A giant extinct insectivore from Cuba (Mammalia: Insectivora: Solenodontidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 93: 597-608.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press. [Short summary]


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