from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large ratlike insectivorous mammal of the family Solenodontidae, especially Solenodon paradoxus of Hispaniola and S. cubanus of Cuba, characterized by a long tubular snout and a long, stiff, scaly tail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the genus, Solenodon, small nocturnal, burrowing, insectivorous mammals, with a long snout and venomous saliva.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Either one of two species of singular West Indian insectivores, allied to the tenrec. One species (Solendon paradoxus), native of St. Domingo, is called also agouta; the other (S. Cubanus), found in Cuba, is called almique.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical and only genus of the family Solenodontidæ, containing the opossum-shrews, S. paradoxus of Hayti and S. cubanus of Cuba, respectively called agouta and almiqui.
- n. A species of this genus; a solenodont. See almiqui, and cut under agouta.
Whereas the solenodon, which is close to rabbit-sized, probably had fewer problems with rats thanks to its heftier bulk.
"Along with the other species of solenodon, which is found in Cuba (Solenodon cubanus), it is the only living mammal that can actually inject venom into their prey through specialised teeth.
Researchers in the Dominican Republican have caught the Hispaniolan solenodon on film.
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.
As a member of a distinct lineage which diverged from all other mammal groups almost 80 million years ago, the Hispaniolan solenodon represents a significant amount of unique evolutionary history and is one of the very few venomous mammals.
Large, and with a long, thin snout, the Hispaniolan solenodon resembles an overgrown shrew; it can inject passing prey with a venom-loaded bite.
Hispaniolan solenodon - West Indian insect-eater with the unique ability to inject venom into its prey through grooves in upper incisors.
To be noted among the mammals are the hutia or agouti (Plagiodontia aedium) and the Haitian solenodon or "nez longue" (Solenodon paradoxus).
These include the last remaining population of the Cuban kite Chondrohierax wilsoni (CR - C2b) and an important population of the Cuban solenodon Solenodon cubanus (EN - A1cde).
The area is of particular importance for several species are of particular conservation concern, notably ivory-billed woodpecker Campephilus principalis baird (CR - D), that is thought to be extinct, Cuban kite Chondrohierax wilsoni (CR - C2b), an endemic species whose populations has been so reduced that maybe just a few couples remain, and the Cuban solenodon Solenodon cubanus (EN - A1cde).