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.