Viscacha

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Viscacha
A southern viscacha in the Atacama desert, Chile
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Chinchillidae
Genera

 Lagidium
 Lagostomus

 
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Viscacha
A southern viscacha in the Atacama desert, Chile
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Chinchillidae
Genera

 Lagidium
 Lagostomus

Viscachas or vizcachas are rodents of two genera (Lagidium and Lagostomus) in the family Chinchillidae. They are closely related to chinchillas, and look similar to rabbits, apart from their longer tails. The five extant species of viscacha are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ledesma, K. J.; Werner, F. A.; Spotorno, A. E.; Albuja, L. H. (2009). "A new species of Mountain Viscacha (Chinchillidae: Lagidium Meyen) from the Ecuadorean Andes" (pdf). Zootaxa 2126: 41–57. 
  2. ^ a b Werner, F. A.; Ledesma, K. J.; R. Hidalgo B. (2006). "Mountain vizcacha (Lagidium cf. peruanum) in Ecuador - First record of Chinchillidae from the Northern Andes" (pdf). Mastozoología Neotropical 13 (2): 271–274. 

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