Geocapromys columbianus Chapman, 1892:314

Cuban coney, Cuban hutia, Cuban short tailed hutia, Columbian hutia



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Capromys columbianus Chapman, 1892:314; Geocapromys cubanus Allen, 1917:9; Geocapromys pleistocenicus Arredondo 1958; Geocapromys columbianus pleistocenicus Arredondo, 1958


Conservation Status


Last record: 1500 (Fisher & Blomberg, 2012)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Cuba (including Isla de la Juventud)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype of G. cubanus, synonym of G. columbianus: MCZ P9602

Assorted other material assigned to G. cubanus is in the MCZ collection as well.

YPM VP 034687






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Allen, Glover Morrill. (1918). Fossil mammals from Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 62: 133-148.

Anthony, H. E. (1919). Mammals collected in eastern Cuba in 1917. With descriptions of two new species. Bulletin of American Museum of Natural History 41: 625-643.

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