from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name for the large rat-like rodents of the genus Capromys.
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- noun A medium-sized
rodentof the family Capromyidae that inhabit the Caribbeanislands.
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The Cuban hutia (also called hutia conga) is about 60 cm long, with coarse fur, a raccoon-shaped body, and a thick tail covered with sparse bristles.
The Hispaniolan solenodon and the Hispaniolan hutia are two of the few surviving land mammals in the Caribbean Islands, and both are endangered with extinction through habitat loss and introduced mammals.
Although biogeographic and body size similarities suggest that it may be related to the Puerto Rican giant hutia Elasmodontomys, the Antillean large-bodied rodent family Heptaxodontidae is now interpreted as invalid, and it is impossible to assign Tainotherium to a particular caviomorph family in the absence of associated craniodental material.
Endemic mammals and reptiles include several species of hutia (Capromys spp) found in Cuba, and the anolis lizard (Anolis spp.).
A new genus and species of 'giant hutia' (Tainotherium valei) from the Quaternary of Puerto Rico: an extinct arboreal quadruped?
To be noted among the mammals are the hutia or agouti (Plagiodontia aedium) and the Haitian solenodon or "nez longue" (Solenodon paradoxus).
The sole remaining extant native mammal of Jamaica, the Jamaican hutia (Geocapromys brownii), was still considered widespread in the dry forests of this ecoregion and moist forests although threatened by hunting and habitat loss.
Another mammal of interest in this ecoregion is hutia or "jutía" (Capromys spp.), although it is more common in the wet forests of the island that are adjacent to pine forests.
The sole remaining extant native mammal of Jamaica, the Jamaican hutia (Geocapromys brownii), is found mostly in the remote mountainous regions of eastern, central, and southern Jamaica where it is threatened by hunting pressure and habitat loss.
Mammals that are endemic to this dry forest ecoregion include the Bahamian hutia (Geocapromys ingrahami), and the funnel-eared bat (Natalus tumidifrons).
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