Bolivian chinchilla rat

Abrocoma boliviensis

TAXONOMY

Abrocoma boliviensis Glanz and Anderson, 1990, Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Chinchilla de Bolivie; German: Bolivienische Chinchillaratte.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

6-10 in (15-25 cm) from tip of nose to rump; tail 2.4-7.2 in (6-18 cm) long; 7.1-10.6 oz (200-300 g). Fur is brownish above and lighter below.

DISTRIBUTION

Central Bolivia.

HABITAT

Inhabits rocky and shrubby mountainous regions at an elevation of about 8,200 ft (2500 m).

BEHAVIOR

Nothing is known.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Presumed to be herbivorous and a nocturnal feeder.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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