Solenodon paradoxus (Soricomorpha: Solenodontidae)

Jonathan J. Derbridge, Erin E. Posthumus, Hsiang Ling Chen, John L. Koprowski

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Solenodon paradoxus Brandt, 1833, is a large lipotyphlan insectivore commonly called the Hispaniolan solenodon. S. paradoxus is 1 of 2 extant species in the genus Solenodon, and 2 subspecies are recognized. The species is one of few venomous mammals with venom delivery through a channel in a modified lower incisor. Current distribution is limited to the Dominican Republic and southern Haiti. S. paradoxus is listed as "Endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources; threats to conservation include habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation, predation by exotic carnivores, and persecution from farmers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-106
Number of pages7
JournalMammalian Species
Issue number927
StatePublished - Dec 30 2015


  • Hispaniola
  • Hispaniolan solenodon
  • endangered species
  • insectivore
  • lipotyphlan insectivore
  • venomous mammal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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