Chinchilla rats

(Abrocomidae)

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Abrocomidae

Thumbnail description

Similar in appearance to members of the chinchilla family, but for a more elongated head and ears, which presents a more rat-like appearance

Size

6-10 in (15-25 cm) from the tip of the nose to the rump; tail 2.5-6 in (6.0-14.5 cm); 7-11 oz (200-300 g)

Number of genera, species

2 genera; 6 species (1 species presumed extinct)

Habitat

From sea level to elevations up to 16,000 ft (5,000 m); rock crevices and underground tunnels; small shrubs and trees

Conservation status

Vulnerable: 1 species

Distribution

Coastal regions and Andes mountains of South America, encompassing southern Peru, northern Chile, northwestern Argentina, and central Bolivia

Distribution

Coastal regions and Andes mountains of South America, encompassing southern Peru, northern Chile, northwestern Argentina, and central Bolivia

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