Latest Fauna of Puerto Rico Stories
Changes in the Puerto Rican climate over the past three decades have caused small but significant changes to the coqui frog, the territory's national animal.
An article recently published in the Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 94 Issue 6 focuses on the struggling Florida manatee population and analyzes the factors pertaining to their decline.
The state has allocated $4.9 million to fight invasive species including coqui frogs, the amphibian accused of threatening Hawaii's fragile ecosystem and disrupting the sleep of island residents.
It's hard to imagine a tiny, 2-inch frog could cause so much harm. Beloved in its native Puerto Rico, the coqui frog has become a menace in Hawaii, where it suddenly appeared in the 1990s. With no natural predators, such as snakes, to keep their numbers under control, the frogs and their loud "ko-KEE" mating calls have multiplied exponentially - causing headaches for homeowners.
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...