Jamaican hutia

Geocapromys brownii

TAXONOMY

Geocapromys brownii (Fischer, 1829), Jamaica.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

16-20 in (40-50 cm); 2.2-4.4 lb (1-2 kg). Fur is darker gray to black above and lighter below.

DISTRIBUTION

Jamaica.

HABITAT

Scrub and rocky areas.

BEHAVIOR

Nocturnal and secretive, living in social groups which nest communally in the cracks and fissures in the rocks.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Bark, foliage, and fruits.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Litters of one to three young are born fully furred with their eyes open at birth. The gestation period is around 120 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS Listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Extensively hunted for food. ♦

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