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Solenodon cubanus Peters, 1861:169

Buff-headed Cuban solenodon, Cuban solenodon, Almiqui



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Solenodon cubanus poeyanus Barbour, 1944; Solenodon cubana Peters, 1861:169; Atopogale cubana Peters, 1861:169


Conservation Status

Last record: 1944 (1890?)

Rediscovered: 1975

IUCN RedList status: Endangered















Original scientific description:
Peters, W. H. C. (1861). Notes on Mber. K. preuss. Akad Wiss Berlin. 169.
Other references:

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Barbour, T. (1944). The Solenodons of Cuba. Proc. New Engl. Zool. Club 23: 1-8.

Canas Alcober, R. (1971). The last Almiquis (Solenodon cubanus) in captivity. Zool. Garten N.F., Leipzig 40(1-2): 1-3.

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McDowell, Samuel Booker Jnr. (1958). The Greater Antillean Insectivores. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 115(3): 113-214, figures 1-46, tables 1, 2.

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Poduschka, W. (1977). Project 1268. Solenodon - Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic. World Wildlife Yearbook 1967-77: 197-198. Switzerland: WWF.

Poduschka, W., and C. Poduschka. 1983. The taxonomy of the extant Solenodontidae (Mammalia: Insectivora), a synthesis. Sitzungsberichte der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse, Abteilung I, 192: 225-238.

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Varona, L. S. (1974a). Catalogo de los mamiferos vivientes y extinguidos de las Antillas. Academia de Ciencias de Cuba.

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Varona, L. S. (1977). Cuban Solenodon surveyed. Oryx 14(1): 7.

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Varona, L. S. (1983). Remarks on the biology and zoogeography of Solenodon (Atopogale) cubanus Peters, 1861 (Mammalia, Insectivora). Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde, 53:93-98.

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