Significance to humans

Hutias have long been used as a food source by native peoples in the region. Indeed, several species are known from skeletal remains in kitchen middens. They were moved between islands by people and possibly even partially domesticated. Some extinctions occurred prior to the arrival of Europeans in the region although these have accelerated since this time.

Coney Animal

1. Prehensile-tailed hutia {Mysateles prehensilis); 2. Jamaican hutia {Geocapromys brownii); S. Hispaniolan hutia {Plagiodontia aedium); 4. Cuban hutia {Capromys pilorides). {Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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