Plagiodontia aedium F. Cuvier, 1836

Cuvier's hutia, Hispaniolan hutia, Hispanolan hutia, Dominican hutia (as P. hylaeum)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Plagiodontia hylaeum Miller, 1927


Conservation Status

Last record: 1836

Rediscovered in 1948 (Johnson, 1948)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










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