Elasmodontomys obliquus Anthony, 1916

Plate-toothed mouse, Puerto Rican giant hutia, Puerto Rican plate-toothed giant hutia



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Heptaxodon bidens Anthony, 1917


Conservation Status

Last record: >2,000 BC



Puerto Rico


Biology & Ecology




UPRMP 2920
UPRMP 2952
UPRMP 2984;
UPRMP 2985
UPRMP 2986






Anthony, H. E. (1917). New fossil rodents from Porto Rico, with additional notes on Elasmodontomys obliquus Anthony and Heteropsomys insulans Anthony. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 37(4): 183-190.

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.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Freudenthal, M. and Martín-Suárez, E. (2013). Estimating body mass of fossil rodents. Scripta Geologica 145: 1-130. [13.7-13.804 kg estimate]

McFarlane, D. A. (1999). Late Quaternary Fossil Mammals and Last Occurrence dates from Caves at Barahona, Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 35(3): 238-248.

Smith, F.A., Lyons, S.K, Morgan Ernest, S.K, Jones, K.E., Kaufman, D.M., Dayan, T., Marquet, P.A., Brown, J.H. & Haskell, J.P. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84: 3403. [Ecological Archives E084-094]

Turvey, S. T., Oliver, J. R., Narganes Storde, Y. M. and Rye, P. (2007). Late Holocene extinction of Puerto Rican native land mammals. Biology Letters 3(2): 193-196.

Vélez-Juarbe, Jorge and Miller, Thomas E. (2007). First Report of a Quaternary Crocodylian from a Cave Deposit in Northern Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Science 43(2): 273-277. [a report of E. obliquus from northern Puerto Rico]



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