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Nesophontes micrus G. M. Allen

Western Cuban Nesophontes (Nesophontes micrus)

The Western Cuban Nesophontes was described in 1917 based on subfossil remains that were recovered from cave deposits on the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola.


Photo from: ‘G. M. Allen: Fossil Mammals from Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 62: 131-148. 1918’

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edited: 14.05.2022

Nesophontes hypomicrus Miller

Atalaye Nesophontes (Nesophontes hypomicrus 

The Atalaye Nesophontes was described in 1929 on the basis of subfossil bones that were found on the island of Hispaniola and on the small offshore Île de la Gonâve.  

The species disappeared at about 1175 to 1295 A.D. or probably even later, since some of its remains were found together with bones of rats (Rattus spp.) which were introduced to the Caribbean by Europeans only in the 15th century.  



[1] Gary S. Morgan; Charles A. Woods: Extinction and the zoogeography of West Indian land mammals. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 28(1-2): 167-203. 1986 
[2] R. D. E. MacPhee; Clare Flemming; Darrin P. Lunde: “Last occurrence” of the Antillean insectivoran Nesophontes: new radiometric dates and their interpretation. American Museum Novitates 3261: 1-20. 1999 
[3] Donald A. McFarlane; Abel Vale; Keith Christenson; Joyce Lundberg; Gabriel Atilles; Stein-Erik Lauritzen: New Specimens of Late Quaternary Extinct Mammals from Caves in Sanchez Ramirez Province, Dominican Republic. Caribbean Journal of Science 36: 163-166. 2000


edited: 13.09.2020