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Tenerife Giant Rat
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Muridae
Subfamily: Murinae
Genus: Canariomys
Species: C. bravoi
Binomial name
Canariomys bravoi
Crusafont Pairó & Petter, 1964

The Tenerife Giant Rat (Canariomys bravoi) was endemic to the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, Spain. Many remains have been found during archeological digs. Most remains are from the Pleistocene. With help of radiocarbon dating some of the finds are dated from about 12,000 years ago (late Pleistocene) [1]. This species was a big rat of about 1 kg. [2] Including the rat tail was over 45 inches making it the largest of its family (or at least in the Canaries).

Fossil remains of this animal have been found practically in all parts of the island. Especially in deposits in caves or volcanic pipes of the island, where it often appears together with remains of other species such as the giant lizards (Lacerta maxima and Lacerta goliath). Their fossils date back to the Pliocene and Pleistocene, which indicates it lived before the arrival of humans.

Its cranium reached up to 7 centimeters in length; the size of a rabbit. Its bony remains have been discovered especially in the deposit of Buenavista del Norte (in the northwest of Tenerife).

The Giant Rat, as other primitive species of the islands, went extinct due to the actions of human beings guanches and also because of the introduction of the cat. Another Giant Rat of the Canary Islands was the Canariomys tamarani.


  1. ^ Michaux, J., N. Lopez-Martinez, and J. J. Hernadez-Pachero. 1996. A 14C dating of Canariomys bravoi (Mammalia, Rodentia), the extinct giant rat from Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and the recent history of the endemic mammals in the archipelago. Vie et Milieu 46:261–266.
  2. ^ Musser, G.G. & Carleton, M.D. 2005. Superfamily Muroidea. In Wilson, D.E. & Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World. 3rd ed.

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Muridae
Subfamilia: Murinae
Genus: †Canariomys
Species: Canariomys bravoi


Canariomys bravoi Crusafont-Pairo and Petter, 1964


  • Crusafont-Pairo, M. & F. Petter. 1964. Un Muriné géant fossile des iles Canaries Canariomys bravoi gen. nov., sp. nov. (Rongeurs, Muridés). Mammalia. 28:607–612.


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