Hyperplagiodontia araeum Ray, 1964:2

San Rafael hutia



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Plagiodontia araeum Ray, 1964:2; Hyperplagiodontia stenocoronalis Rimoli, 1976:34; Hyperplagiodontia araeum stenocoronalis Rimoli, 1976:34


Conservation Status






Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MCZ VP7675 (left upper cheektooth)

Type locality: Dominican Republic: San Rafael Province, Hondo Valley Municipality, unnamed cave 2km southeast of Rancho de La Guardia.






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