Megalomys georginae Turvey, Brace & Weksler, 2012



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonyms: Oryzomyini gen. et sp. indet. B (Turvey, 2009:53); Oryzomyini (Barbados) (Turvey & Fritz, 2011:SI:8); Oryzomys sp. 1 (Borroto-Páez et al., 2012:400)


Conservation Status


Last record: Holocene; 1847? (Schomburgk, 1848)















Original scientific description:

Turvey, Samuel, Brace, Selina and Weksler, Marcelo. (2012). A new species of recently extinct rice rat (Megalomys) from Barbados. Mammalian Biology 77: 404-413.


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.

Brace, Selina et al. (2015). Unexpected evolutionary diversity in a recently extinct Caribbean mammal radiation. Proc Biol Sci. B 282(1807): 20142371.

Cooke, Siobhán B., Dávalos, Liliana M., Mychajliw, Alexis M. Turvey, Samuel T. and Upham, Nathan S. (2017). Anthropogenic Extinction Dominates Holocene Declines of West Indian Mammals. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 48: 301-327.

Drewett, P.L. 1991 Prehistoric Barbados. London, UK and St. Michael, Barbados: Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and Barbados Museum and Historical Society.

Marsh RE (1985) More about the Bajan mouse. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society 37, 310.

Mistretta, Brittany A., Giovas, Christina M., Weskler, Marcelo and Turvey, Samuel T. (2021). Extinct insular oryzomyine rice rats (Rodentia: Sigmodontinae) from the Grenada Bank, southern Caribbean. Zootaxa 4951(3): 434-460.

Schomburgk RH (1848) The History of Barbados. Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, London.

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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