Little Swan Island hutia

The Little Swan Island hutia (Geocapromys thoracatus) is an extinct species of rodent that lived on Little Swan Island, off northeastern Honduras in the Caribbean. It was a slow-moving, guinea-pig-like rodent and probably emerged from caves and limestone crevices to forage on bark, small twigs and leaves.

Little Swan Island hutia
Geocapromys thoracatus (Harvard University).JPG

Extinct  (1955) (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Capromyidae
Tribe: Capromyini
Genus: Geocapromys
G. thoracatus
Binomial name
Geocapromys thoracatus
(True, 1888)


It may have been a subspecies of the Jamaican hutia (Geocapromys browni), whose ancestors were carried to the island from Jamaica, 5,000–7,000 years ago. It was fairly common in the early 20th century, but disappeared after a severe hurricane (Hurricane Janet) in 1955, followed by the introduction of house cats to the island.


  1. ^ Turvey, S. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Geocapromys thoracatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T9003A12949306. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T9003A12949306.en. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  • A Gap in Nature by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten (2001), published by William Heinemann