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Puerto Rican Nesophontes

The Puerto Rican Nesophontes (Nesophontes edithae), or Puerto Rican Shrew, is an extinct soricomorph native to the island of Puerto Rico.

It is believed that Europeans never observed the animal. Contemporary fossils with indigenous artifacts and introduced rat fossils indicate survival into the colonial era. This could have been possibly until the 16th century. The shrew lived on the 4′ island montane forest/brush native to western Puerto Rico. It was an insectivore. There are fossil specimens located in London. It disappeared after introduction of rats and due to the destruction of its forest habitat.

Puerto Rican Nesophontes


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