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Capromyidae - West Indian hutias

There are around 13 living species and 6 extinct species in this family. They are found in the islands of the Caribbean, especially Cuba. Hutias look like nutrias. They have stout bodies, large heads, round ears, and short legs. Some species have long tails, others have short or no tails. Some species live in trees and others live on the ground. Most species are herbivores and eat fruit and leaves, but some species also eat invertebrates, and reptiles.

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild
extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH
breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
  Puerto Rican Hutia - Isolobodon portoricensis extinct
Cabrera's Hutia - Mesocapromys angelcabrerai Endangered
Large-eared Hutia - Mesocapromys auritus Endangered
Dwarf Hutia - Mesocapromys nanus Critically Endangered
Little Earth Hutia - Mesocapromys sanfelipensis Critically Endangered
Garrido's Hutia - Mysateles garridoi Critically Endangered
Chapman's Prehensile-tailed Hutia - Mysateles gundlachi Endangered
Bushy-tailed Hutia - Mysateles melanurus Vulnerable
Isla De La Juventud Tree Hutia - Mysateles meridionalis Critically Endangered
Prehensile-tailed Hutia - Mysateles prehensilis Near Threatened
Hispaniolan Hutia - Plagiodontia aedium Endangered
Samana Hutia - Plagiodontia ipnaeum extinct

 North/Central American Species

 
Desmarest's Hutia - Capromys pilorides Least Concern
Jamaican Hutia - Geocapromys brownii Vulnerable
Cuban Coney - Geocapromys columbianus extinct
Ingraham's Hutia - Geocapromys ingrahami Vulnerable
Little Swan Island Hutia - Geocapromys thoracatus extinct
Imposter Hutia - Hexolobodon phenax extinct
Montane Hutia - Isolobodon montanus extinct
 

Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Desmarest's Hutia - Capromys pilorides Least Concern North America
Jamaican Hutia - Geocapromys brownii Vulnerable North America
Cuban Coney - Geocapromys columbianus extinct North America
Ingraham's Hutia - Geocapromys ingrahami Vulnerable North America
Little Swan Island Hutia - Geocapromys thoracatus extinct North America
Imposter Hutia - Hexolobodon phenax extinct North America
Montane Hutia - Isolobodon montanus extinct North America
Puerto Rican Hutia - Isolobodon portoricensis extinct North America
Cabrera's Hutia - Mesocapromys angelcabrerai Endangered North America
Large-eared Hutia - Mesocapromys auritus Endangered North America

  Dwarf Hutia - Mesocapromys nanus Critically Endangered North America
Little Earth Hutia - Mesocapromys sanfelipensis Critically Endangered North America
Garrido's Hutia - Mysateles garridoi Critically Endangered North America
Chapman's Prehensile-tailed Hutia - Mysateles gundlachi Endangered North America
Bushy-tailed Hutia - Mysateles melanurus Vulnerable North America
Isla De La Juventud Tree Hutia - Mysateles meridionalis Critically Endangered North America
Prehensile-tailed Hutia - Mysateles prehensilis Near Threatened North America
Hispaniolan Hutia - Plagiodontia aedium Endangered North America
Samana Hutia - Plagiodontia ipnaeum extinct North America

Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Desmarest's Hutia - Capromys pilorides Species Profile images Least Concern North America
Desmarest's hutia is found in Cuba.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Desmarest's Hutia - Capromys pilorides Species Profile images Least Concern North America
Desmarest’s hutia is the largest of the hutia species.
Source: World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: No

Dwarf Hutia - Mesocapromys nanus Species Profile images Critically Endangered North America
The dwarf hutia was last seen in 1937, but droppings and tracks have been found since then. It is found in the Matanzas Province in Cuba.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Little Earth Hutia - Mesocapromys sanfelipensis Species Profile images Critically Endangered North America
The little Earth hutia was last seen in 1978. It is found on the Archipiélago de los Canorreos in the Pinar del Rio Province in Cuba.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Hispaniolan Hutia - Plagiodontia aedium Species Profile images video Endangered North America
The Hispaniolan hutia is also known as Cuvier's hutia. It is found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Ingraham's Hutia - Geocapromys ingrahami Species Profile Vulnerable North America
Ingraham's hutia is also known as the Bahamian hutia. It is found ion the islands of the Bahamas.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Jamaican Hutia - Geocapromys brownii Photos Vulnerable North America
The Jamaican hutia is only found in Jamaica.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Jamaican Hutia - Geocapromys brownii Species Profile Photos Vulnerable North America
The Jamaican hutia is also known as Brown's hutia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Prehensile-tailed Hutia - Mysateles prehensilis Species Profile Photos Near Threatened North America
The prehensile-tailed hutia is found in Cuba.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: Yes

Puerto Rican Hutia - Isolobodon portoricensis Species Profile Photos extinct North America
The Puerto Rican hutia was once found in Haiti and Dominican Republic and offshore islands. It was introduced to Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Mona Islands. It has probably been extinct since 1525.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle /High School Teacher Section: No