Resources

Books

Eisenberg, J. F. "The Function and Motivational Basis of Hystricomorph Vocalizations." In The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, edited by I. W. Rowlands and Barbara J. Weir. London: Academic Press, 1974.

Kleiman, D. G. "Patterns of Behaviour in Hystricomorph Rodents." In The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, edited by I. W. Rowlands and Barbara J. Weir. London: Academic Press, 1974.

Nowak, R. M. Walker's Mammals of the World. Vol. 2. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Redford, K. H., and J. F. Eisenberg. Mammals of the Neotropics: The Southern Cone. Vol. 2. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Rowland, I. W. "Mountain Viscacha." In The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, edited by I. W. Rowlands and Barbara J. Weir. London: Academic Press, 1974.

Weir, B. J. "The Tuco-Tuco and Plains Viscacha." In The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, edited by I. W. Rowlands and Barbara J. Weir. London: Academic Press, 1974.

Wilson, D. E., and D. M. Reeder. Mammal Species of The World. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993.

Woods, C. A., and J. W. Hermanson. "Myology of

Hystricognath Rodents: An Analysis of Form, Function, and Phylogeny." In Evolutionary Relationships Among Rodents: A Multidisciplinary Analysis, edited by W. Patrick Luckett and Jean-Louis Hartenberger. New York: Plenum Press, 1985.

Periodicals

Adkins, R. M., E. L. Gelke, D. Rowe, and R. L. Honeycutt. "Molecular Phylogeny and Divergence Time Estimates for Major Rodent Groups: Evidence from Multiple Genes." Molecular Biology and Evolution 18 (2001): 777-791.

Branch, L. C., J. L. Hierro, and D. Villarreal. "Patterns of Plant Species Diversity Following Local Extinction of the Plains Vizcacha in Semi-arid Scrub." Journal of Arid Environments 41 (1999): 173-182.

Grand, T. I., and J. F. Eisenberg. "On the Affinities of the Dinomyidae." Saugetierkundliche Mitteilungen 30 (1982): 151-157.

Huchon, D., and E. J. P. Douzery. "From the Old World to the New World: A MolecularChronicle of the Phylogeny and Biogeography of Hystricognath Rodents." Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 20 (2001): 238-251.

Jiménez, J. E. "The Extirpation and Current Status of Wild Chinchillas C. lanigera and C. brevicaudata." Biological Conservation 77 (1996): 1-6.

Pereira, J. A., R. N. D. Quintana, and S. Monge. "Diets of Plains Vizcacha, Greater Rhea, and Cattle in Argentina. " Journal of Range Management 56 (2003): 13-20.

Puig, S., F. Videla, M. Cona, S. Monge, and V. Roig." Diet of the Mountain Vizcacha (Lagidium viscacia Molina, 1782) and Food Availability in Northern Patagonia, Argentina." Zeitschrift fur Saugetierkunde 63 (1998): 228-238.

Rodney L. Honeycutt, PhD

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Dinomyidae

Pacaranas

(Dinomyidae)

Like a solidly-built, medium-dog-sized rodent with a large head

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Weight 22 to 33 lb (10 to 15 kg), head and body length range from 28 to 31 in (730 to 790 mm), plus a tail length of about 7.5 in (190 mm)

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Number of genera, species

1 genus; 1 species

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Lowland and montane tropical rainforest

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Endangered

Distribution

Western South America, from Venezuela into Bolivia

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