Oryzomys antillarum Thomas, 1898:177

Jamaican rice rat



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Oryzomys palustris antillarum Thomas, 1898:177; Oryzomys couesi antillarum Thomas, 1898:177


Conservation Status


Last record: 1877 (Turvey & Helgen, 2017)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Thomas, O. (1898). On indigenous Muridæ in the West Indies; with the description of a new Mexican Oryzomys. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (7)1: 176-180.


Other references:

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

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.

Coues, E. (1877). Muridae. Pp. x+264 in Coues, E. and Allen, J.A. Monographs of North American Rodentia. Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories 11:xii+x+1091 pp.

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

D.A. McFarlane, J. Lundberg, and A. G. Fincham. (2002). A late Quaternary paleoecological record from caves of southern Jamaica, West Indies. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 64(2): 117-125.

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.

McFarlane, D. A., Lundberg, J. and Fincham, A. G. 2002. A late quaternary paleoecological record from caves of southern Jamaica, West Indies. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 64(2): 117-125.

Morgan, G. S. (1993). Quaternary land vertebrates of Jamaica. In R. M. Wright and E. Robinson (eds.), Biostratigraphy of Jamaica. Geol. Soc. Amer. Mem. 182: 147-442. ["[includes] a summary of the systematic relationships of O. antillarum and its mainland progenitor"]

Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. (2008). Oryzomys antillarum. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 18 September 2012.

Turvey, S.T. & Helgen, K. (2017). Oryzomys antillarum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T136540A22388029. Downloaded on 26 June 2021.

Weksler, M., Percequillo, A.R. and Voss, R.S. 2006. Ten new genera of Oryzomyine rodents (Cricetidae: Sigmodontinae). American Museum Novitates 3537: 1-29.

Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. 2005 Mammal species of the world: a taxonomic and geographic reference. Third edition. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.


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