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Nesophontid Insectivores were a species of rodents in the West Indies. It has been presumed extinct since the seventeenth century.

It was probably wiped out, or its population severely hit, not long after sustained intrusion from Europeans and the invasive species that stowed away with them.

Description

A small, insectivorous mammal with a long snout and unlikely to have grown larger than a small rat.

It is part of the Nesophontidae family. Known species include the Atalaye nesophontes (Nesophontes hypomicrus).

Possible comeback

Fresh bone and tissue samples taken from barn owl pellets in Haiti in 1930 suggest a recent survival. If true it would be a triumph over challenges that so many other species could not withstand.

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