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Mammals of the Yucatan Peninsula

Black Howler Monkey
Black Howler Monkey (Photo - Ecoturismo Yucatán)
White-nosed Coatimundi
White-nosed Coatimundi (Voy Tec / CC BY 2.0)
Yucatan Squirrel
Yucatan Squirrel (Jim McCulloch / CC BY 2.0)
Yucatan Brocket Deer
Yucatan Brown Brocket Deer

The Yucatan Peninsula has over 125 species of mammals. A few, like the Yucatan Squirrel, are near-endemic. Wild felines always have a special attraction because of their elusiveness and beauty. The Yucatan has 5 species. Some mammals that you have a chance of coming across are the Opossum, the Coatimundi, and the Agouti.

Land Mammals

  1. Virginia Opossum - Didelphis virginiana
  2. Common Opossum - Didelphis marsupialis
  3. Mexican Mouse Opossum - Marmosa mexicana
  4. Grayish Mouse Opossum - Marmosa canescens
  5. Nine-banded Armadillo - Dasypus novemcinctus
  6. Northern Tamandua - Tamandua mexicana  ...photo 
  7. Silky Anteater - Cyclopes didactylus
  8. Blackish Small-eared Shrew - Cryptotis nigrescens
  9. Yucatan Small-eared Shrew - Cryptotis mayensis
  10. (Mexican/Guatemalan) Black Howler Monkey - Alouatta pigra (Endangered)
  11. Central American Spider Monkey - Ateles geoffroyi
  12. Kinkajou - Potos flavus  ...photo 
  13. Jaguar - Felis onca
  14. Puma - Felis concolor
  15. Jaguarundi - Felis yagouaroundi  ...photo 
  16. Margay - Felis wiedii
  17. Ocelot - Leopardus pardalis
  18. Gray Fox - Urocyon cinereoargenteus
  19. Cacomistle - Bassariscus sumichrasti
  20. White-nosed Coatimundi - Nasua narica
  21. Cozumel Island Coatimundi - Nasua nelsonii
  22. Cozumel Raccoon - Procyon pygmaeus  ...photo 
  23. Northern Raccoon - Procyon lotor
  24. Greater Grison - Galictis vittata
  25. Tayra - Eira barbara
  26. Long-tailed Weasel - Mustela frenata
  27. Striped Hog-nosed Skunk - Conepatus semistriatus  ...photo 
  28. Southern Spotted Skunk - Spilogale angustifrons
  29. Caribbean Manatee - Trichechus manatus
  30. Yucatan Squirrel - Sciurus yucatanensis
  31. Deppe's Squirrel - Sciurus deppei
  32. Eastern Cottontail - Sylvilagus floridanus
  33. Forest Rabbit (Tapeti) - Sylvilagus brasiliensis
  34. Gaumer's Spiny Pocket Mouse - Heteromys gaumeri
  35. Hispid Pocket Gopher - Orthogeomys hispidus
  36. Cozumel Harvest Mouse - Reithrodontomys spectabilis (Endangered)
  37. Yucatan Deer Mouse - Peromyscus yucatanicus
  38. Paca - Cuniculus (Agouti) paca
  39. Central American Agouti - Dasyprocta punctata
  40. Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine - Sphiggurus mexicanus
  41. White-tailed Deer - Odocoileus virginianus
  42. Red Brocket Deer - Mazama americana
  43. Yucatan Brown Brocket Deer - Mazama pandora
  44. Baird's (Central American) Tapir - Tapirus bairdii (Endangered)
  45. Collared Peccary - Peccari tajacu
  46. White-lipped Peccary - Tayassu peccari

Mammal Articles

  • Jaguar corridor project  ...link 
  • A study of Jaguars near the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve by the Jaguar Species Survival Plan. a program of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Maps and data for 2004, 2005 and 2006.  ...link 
  • Status of the Manatee (Trichechus manatus) along the Northern and Western Coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico; Data from year 2000; PDF file.  ...link 
  • Status of Dwarf Carnivores on Cozumel Island; Data from 1994 to 2001 on 4 species including Cozumel Coati (Nasua nelsoni) and Pygmy Raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus); PDF file.  ...link 
  • On the Trail of the Pygmy Raccoon, by Kevin Schafer, International League of Conservation Photographers, Feb 2014.  ...link 
  • The taxonomic status of the Yucatán Brown Brocket, Mazama pandora; Medellín, R., Gardner, A., and Aranda, J., Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 1998.  ...link 
  • The Caribbean Monk Seal - Monachus tropicalis - was found in the waters off the Yucatan Peninsula, but is now extinct. The last reported sighting was in 1952.  ...link1   ...link2 

Mammal Notes

  • A Jaguarundi sighting was reported at Barcelo Maya Resort, May 2006.
  • A Jaguar was seen on the premises of the Hotel Tierra Maya in Xcalak, Nov. 2005.
  • A Kinkajou sighting was reported at Club Maeva in the Xpu-Ha area, near Akumal.
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