Chinchillidae


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Chinchillidae

[chin′chil·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A family of rodents comprising the chinchillas and viscachas.

Chinchillidae

 

a family of mammals of the order Rodentia. The body length is 22–66 cm; the tail length is 7–32 cm. The family consists of three genera— Chinchilla, Lagostomus (with one species, the viscacha), and Lagidium. The animals, which inhabit South America, are commercially valuable. Their number is decreasing, but they are now protected animals.

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Chinchillidae is a family of hystricomorph rodents distributed in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, and in lowland plains of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay (Redford and Eisenberg, 1992; Wilson and Reeder, 1993; Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).
Known records of this species establish the northern range limit of Chinchillidae at around 9[degrees] (Grimwood, 1969; Pacheco, 2002) to 10[degrees] S latitude (Rowlands, 1974) (Fig.