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03-Oct-2000
 

 

 

 

Insectivora

 

    The Greater Antillian insectivores consist of two families, comprising the genera Nesophontes and Solenodon respectively.  These two genera have been further divided into as many as sixteen species.  The Greater Antillean insectivores are biogeographically interesting because they are the only endemic mammalian lineage hypothesised to have a North American origin (Simpson, 1956, Mc Dowell, 1958, and MacFadden, 1980).  Today all species of Nesophontes are extinct and only three species of Solenodon continue to survive -one on Cuba and two on Hispanola. 

 

Insectivore Genera

 

 

 

 

 

 

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