Cuban hutia

Capromys pilorides

TAXONOMY

Capromys pilorides (Say, 1822), Cuba.

OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

18-35 in (46-90 cm); 6.6-18.7 lb (3-8.5 kg). Thick fur is darker gray to black above and lighter below.

DISTRIBUTION

Mainland Cuba and many of the islands and cays in the Cuban archipelago.

HABITAT

Forest, mangrove, scrub, and rocky areas. BEHAVIOR

Mainly arboreal and diurnal, living in extended family groups, sometimes at high density.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Bark, leaves, fruits, and some small vertebrates.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Litters of one to six young are born fully furred with their eyes open at birth. Gestation period varies from 110-140 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened; the only comparatively common species of hutia.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Extensively hunted for food. ♦

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Capromys pilorides

Geocapromys brownii

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