Neotoma anthonyi Allen, 1898:151

Anthony’s wood-rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Neotoma bryanti anthonyi Allen, 1898:151


Conservation Status


Last record: 1910 or 1926; 1926 (Turvey, 2009:51; Fisher & Blomberg, 2012; Lee et al., 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


Predation by feral cats is believed to have driven this endemic insular species extinct (Donlan et al., 2000).



Isla Todos Santos, Mexico


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Allen, J. A. (1898). Descriptions of new mammals from western Mexico and Lower California. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 10: 143-158.


Other references:

Álvarez-Castañeda, S. T. and Castro-Arellano, I. (2008). Neotoma anthonyi. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. ( Downloaded on 13 June 2011.

Álvarez-Castañeda, S.T. & Castro-Arellano, I. 2018. Neotoma bryanti ssp. anthonyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T14576A124171511. Accessed on 04 July 2022.

Bininda-Emonds, O.R.P., Cardillo, M., Jones, K.E., MacPhee, R.D.E., Beck, R.M.D., Grenyer, R., Price, S.A., Vos, R.A., Gittleman, J.L. & Purvis, A. 2007 The delayed rise of present-day mammals. Nature 446, 507-512.

Cortés-Calva, Patricia, Álvarez-Castañeda, Sergio Ticul and Yensen, Eric. (2001). Neotoma anthonyi. Mammalian Species 663: 1-3, 3 figs.

Donlan, CJ; Tershy, B. R.; Keitt, B. S.; Wood, B.; Sanchez, J. A.; Weinstein, A.; Croll, D. A. and Alguilar, J. L. (2000). Island conservation action in northwest Mexico, pp. 330-338. In: Browne, D. H.; Chaney, H. and Mitchell, K. (eds.). Proceedings of the Fifth California Islands Symposium. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California, USA.

Fisher, Diana O. and Blomberg, Simon P. (2012). Inferring Extinction of Mammals from Sighting Records, Threats, and Biological Traits. Conservation Biology 26(1): 57-67.

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [0.143-0.277 kg estimate]

Goldman, E. A. (1932). Review of woodrats of Neotoma lepida group. Journal of Mammalogy, 13: 59-67.

Jones, K.E. et al. 2009 PanTHERIA: A species-level database of life-history, ecology and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals. Ecology 90: 2648.

Lee, T. E., Fisher, D. O., Blomberg, S. P. and Wintle, B. A. (2017). Extinct or still out there? Disentangling influences on extinction and rediscovery helps to clarify the fate of species on the edge. Global Change Biology 23(2): 621-634.

Mascarello, J. T. (1978). Chromosomal, biochemical, mensural, penile, and cranial variation in desert woodrats (Neotoma lepida). Journal of Mammalogy 59: 477-495.

Mellink, E. (1992). The status of Neotoma anthonyi (Rodentia, Muridae, Cricetinae) of Todos Santos Islands, Baja California, Mexico. Bulletin of the Southern Academy of Sciences 9: 137-140.

Patton, James L. et al. (2007). The Evolutionary History and a Systematic Revision of Woodrats of the Neotoma lepida Group. University of California publications in zoology 135: xx + 450 pp.

Patton, J.L., Huckaby, D.G. and Alvarez- Castaneda, S.T. 2014. Evolutionary history and a systematic revision of woodrats of the Neotoma lepida group. Zoology: 1-472.

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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