Chinchillidae

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Chinchillidae

Thumbnail description

Rabbit-sized, stout bodied, large hind limbs for leaping, dense and soft fur, large head, dorsal pelage ranging from gray to black

Size

Head and body 11.8-23.6 in (300-600 mm); tail 2.9-10.5 in (75-267 mm); weight 1.1-19.8 lb (0.5-9 kg)

Number of genera, species

3 genera; 6 species

Habitat

Andean, barren, steppe, pampas, rocky outcrops, scrub, and grasslands

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 1 species; Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 1 species; Data Deficient: 1 species

Distribution

Southern cone of South America, primarily in southern Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, extending from northern Chile to the Andean foothills in Patagonia

Distribution

Southern cone of South America, primarily in southern Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, extending from northern Chile to the Andean foothills in Patagonia

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