Heteropsomys antillensis Anthony, 1917:187

Antillean cave rat, Large Puerto Rican spiny rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Homopsomys antillensis Anthony, 1917:187


Heteropsomys antillensis Anthony, 1917 may be a synonym of H. insulans.


Conservation Status

Extinct or invalid



Puerto Rico


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Anthony, H. E. (1917). New fossil rodents from Porto Rico, with additional notes on Elasmodontomys obliquus Anthony and Heteropsomys insulans Anthony. Bulletin Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 37: 183-189.


Other references:

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.

McFarlane, D. A. (1999). Late Quaternary Fossil Mammals and Last Occurrence dates from Caves at Barahona, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 35(3): 238-248.


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