Capromys pilorides lewisi Morgan et al., 2019

Cayman capromys (proposed)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Capromys sp. nov. (Turvey, 2009:58; Turvey & Fritz, 2011:SI:10)


Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene or Holocene



Cayman Islands (Cayman Brac, Grand Cayman and Little Cayman)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Morgan, Gary S., MacPhee, Ross D. E., Woods, Roseina and Turvey, Samuel T. (2019). Late Quaternary fossil mammals from the Cayman Islands, West Indies. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 428: 79 pp., 24 figures, 8 tables.

Species bibliography:

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.

Morgan, G. S. (1994). Late Quaternary fossil vertebrates from the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands Monographiae Biologicae 71: 465-508. [Abstract]

Scudder, S. J. and Quitmer, J. R. (1998). Evaluation of evidence of pre-Columbian human occupation at Great Cave, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands. Carib. J. Sci. 34(1-2): 41-49.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2009). Holocene mammal extinctions, pp. 41-61. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. and Fritz, Susanne A. (2011). The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366(1577): 2564-2576. [Supplementary Information]


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