Last Updated: 
07-May-2003
 

 

 

 

Rodentia

 

    The West Indian rodents are quite diverse and consist of four families, fifteen genera, and as many as sixty nominal species.  Four separate radiations can be recognised; echimyids (Spiny Rats) into the Greater Antilles (excluding Jamaica); Heptaxodontids into the Greater Antilles (excluding Cuba) and northern Lesser Antilles, Capromyids (hutias) into the Greater Antilles and Bahamas, and a late Pleistecene invasion of Muroids (in this case, "rice rats") into the Lesser Antilles and Jamaica.

Rodent Genera                                                               

 

 

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