The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database


Scientific Name
Boromys offella
Miller, 1916:8
Common Name/s
Oriente cave rat, Greater Cuban spiny rat, Larger Cuban spiny rat
Cuba (including Isla de la Juventud)
Last Record
Holocene (>1500 AD?)
IUCN status
TSE Forum thread
[i]Boromys offella[/i] is only known from subfossil remains, some of which occur in the same layer as [i]Rattus[/i] sp., implying that it survived until European colonisation (Turvey & Helgen, 2008).
[b]Original Scientific Description:[/b]

Miller, Gerrit Smith. (1916). Bones of mammals from Indian sites in Cuba and Santo Domingo: (with one plate). Smithson. Misc. Coll., 66(12): 8.

[b]Species Bibliography:[/b]

Allen, Glover Morrill. (1918). [url=]Fossil mammals from Cuba[/url]. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 62: 133-148.

Anthony, H. E. (1919). [url=]Mammals collected in eastern Cuba in 1917. With descriptions of two new species[/url]. Bulletin of American Museum of Natural History 41: 625-643.

Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Mancina, Carlos A., Woods, Charles A. and Kilpatrick, C. William. (2012). [url=]Chapter 7: Checklist: Updated Checklist of Endemic Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies[/url], pp. 389-415. In: Borroto-Páez, Rafael, Woods, Charles A. and Sergile, F. E. (eds.). Terrestrial Mammals of the West Indies: Contributions. Gainesville, Florida: Florida Museum of Natural History and Wacahoota Press. 482 pp.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press.

Goodwin, Harry A. and Goodwin, J. M. (1973). [url=]List of mammals which have become extinct or are possibly extinct since 1600[/url]. Int. Union Conserv. Nat. Occas. Pap. 8: 1-20.

Turvey, S. and Helgen, K. (2008). Boromys offella. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. ( Downloaded on 23 December 2012.