Megalomys luciae

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Megalomys luciae
Mus Nat Hist Nat 25022013 Megalomys luciae.jpg
Stuffed specimen

Extinct  (1881) (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Cricetidae
Genus: Megalomys
Species: M. luciae
Binomial name
Megalomys luciae
(Forsyth Major, 1901)

Oryzomys luciae Major, 1901

Megalomys luciae, also known as the Santa Lucian pilorie[2] or Santa Lucian giant rice rat,[1] as well as several variant spellings, is an extinct[1] rodent that lived on the island of Saint Lucia in the eastern Caribbean. It was the size of a small cat, and it had a darker belly than Megalomys desmarestii, a closely related species from Martinique, and slender claws. The last known specimen died in London Zoo in 1852, after three years of captivity.[3] It probably became extinct in the latter half of the nineteenth century, with the last record dating from 1881.[4] There is a specimen in the collection of the Natural History Museum in London.


  1. ^ a b c Turvey and Helgen, 2008
  2. ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005
  3. ^ Flannery and Schouten, 2001
  4. ^ Ray, 1962

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