Megalomys luciae Forsyth Major, 1901:206

Santa Lucian pilorie, Santa Lucia giant rice rat, St Lucia musk rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Oryzomys luciae Forsyth Major, 1901


Conservation Status


Last record: 1852?; Before 1881 (Turvey & Helgen, 2008)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles


Biology & Ecology







Above: taxidermy specimen in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. Photo by Vassil 2013. Source: Wikimedia Commons.



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Brace, Selina et al. (2015). Unexpected evolutionary diversity in a recently extinct Caribbean mammal radiation. Proc Biol Sci. B 282(1807): 20142371.

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Goodwin, Harry A. and Goodwin, J. M. (1973). List of mammals which have become extinct or are possibly extinct since 1600. Int. Union Conserv. Nat. Occas. Pap. 8: 1-20.

Ray, C. E. (1962). Oryzomyine rodents of the Antillean subregion. Unpubl. Ph. D. dissertation, Harvard University, 356 pp.

Turvey, S. and Helgen, K. (2008). Megalomys luciae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 28 July 2013.

Turvey, S.T. & Helgen, K. 2017. Megalomys luciae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T12981A22377126. Accessed on 19 June 2022.

Turvey, S.T., Weksler, M., Morris, E.L. & Nokkert, M. (2010) Taxonomy, phylogeny and diversity of the extinct Lesser Antillean rice rats (Sigmodontinae: Oryzomyini), with description of a new genus and species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 160: 748-772.


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