Oryzomys curasoae McFarlane & Debrot, 2001:182

Curaçao rice rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

May simply be a synonym of Oryzomys gorgasi (Weksler et al. 2006).


Conservation Status


Last record: >1499 AD

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient



Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: LACM 96087 ("skull with complete palate preserving the upper molars (M1-3)")

Type locality: "Fissure, 30 m below edge of north face of Tafelberg Santa Barbara, (UTM coordinates: 19 518570, 13 34570)"



LACM 96091 ("hemimandible with M1-M3")



LACM 90688 ("partial skull")


Referred specimens:

LACM 96089 ("Hemimandible")
LACM 96090 ("Hemimandible")
ZMA 25.560 ("Hemimandible")
ZMA 25.561 ("Hemimandible")
ZMA 23.448 ("five hemimandibles")






Original scientific description:

McFarlane, D. A. and A. O. Debrot. (2001). A new species of extinct oryzomyine rodent from the Quaternary of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Carribean Journal of Science 37: 182-184.


Other references:

Lamoreux, J. (2008). Oryzomys curasoae. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 21 October 2012.

Voss, Robert S. and Weksler, Marcelo. (2009). On the Taxonomic Status of Oryzomys curasoae McFarlane and Debrot, 2001, (Rodentia: Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae) with Remarks on the Phylogenetic Relationships of O. gorgasi Hershkovitz, 1971. Caribbean Journal of Science 45(1): 73-79.

Weksler, M., Percequillo, A. R. and Voss, R. S. (2006). Ten new genera of Oryzomyine rodents (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae). American Museum Novitates 3537: 1-29.


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