Mesocapromys nanus Allen, 1917:54

Dwarf hutia



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Capromys nana Allen, 1917:54


Conservation Status


Last record: 1937 (26 October 1951?)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



Matanzas Province, Cuba


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MCZ VP9864

Type locality: Cuba: Matanzas, cave in Sierra de Hato Nuevo.

Paratypes are also held by the MCZ.

A specimen can be seen here:






Original scientific description:

Allen, Glover Morrill. (1917). An extinct Cuban Capromys. Proceedings of the New England Zoological Club 6: 53-56.


Other references:

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

Allen, Glover Morrill. (1942). Extinct and vanishing mammals of the Western Hemisphere with the marine species of all the oceans. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 11: 1-620.

Alvarez, V. B. and Gonzalez, A. C. (1991). The critical condition of hutias in Cuba. Oryx 25: 206-208.

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.

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.

Garrido, O. H. (1980). Los vertebrados terrestres de la Península de Zapata. Poeyana 203: 39-49. [pp. 1-49?]

Hall, E. R. 1981. The mammals of North America. Second ed. John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1:1-600 + 90, 2:601-1181 + 90.

Hall, E. R. and Kelson, K. R. (1959). The Mammals of North America. New York: Ronald Press.

Joslin, Paul and Maryanka, Daphne. (1968). Endangered Mammals of the World: Report on Status and Action Treatment. IUCN Publications, New Series, Supplementary Paper No. 13: 34 pp.

Kratochvíl, J., L. Rodriguez, and V. Barus. 1978. Capromyinae (Rodentia) of Cuba. I. Acta Scientiarum Naturalium. Academiae Scientiarum Bohemoslovacae (Brno), n.s., 12(11):1-60.

Morrison-Scott, T. C. S. (1939). Description of Capromys nana Allen, a supposedly extinct Cuban hutia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, series 11 3: 214-216.

Peterson, O. A. (1917). Report upon the fossil material collected in 1913 by the Messrs. Link in a cave in the Isle of Pines. Annals of Carnegie Museum 11(24): 359-361.

Rodriguez, L., Barus, V. and Kratochvil, J. (1979). The genus Mesocapromys, a link between the families Echimyidae and Capromyidae. Folia Zoologica 28(2): 97-102.

Soy, J. and Silva, G. (2008). Mesocapromys nanus. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 10 July 2011.

Thornback, Jane and Jenkins, Martin (compilers). (1982). The IUCN Mammal Red Data Book. Part 1: Threatened Mammalian Taxa of the Americas and the Australasian Zoogeographic Region (Excluding Cetacea). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. 516 pp.

Turvey, Samuel et al. (2017). The Last Survivors: current status and conservation of the non-volant land mammals of the insular Caribbean. Journal of Mammalogy. [Abstract]

Varona, L. S. (1974). Catalogo de los mamiferos vivientes y extinguidos de las Antillas. Academia de Ciencias de Cuba, Habana.

Varona, L. S. (1979). Subgénero y especie nuevos de Capromys para Cuba (Rodentia: Caviomorpha). Poeyana (Academia de Ciencias de Cuba) 194: 1-33.

Varona, L. S. (1980a). Mamiferos de Cuba. Editorial Gente Nueva, Habana. [annotated by the author]

Varona, L. S. (1980b). Protection in Cuba. Oryx 15(3): 282-284.


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