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cavy

(kā`vē), name for 14 species of South American rodents of the family Caviidae, including the domestic guinea pigguinea pig
, domesticated form of the cavy, Cavia porcellus, a South American rodent. It is unrelated to the pig; the name may refer to its shrill squeal. Guinea pigs were raised by the Incas and have long been used as food in South America.
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. The wild cavies are usually small, rounded, and tailless, with fur of a uniform shade of brown. Nocturnal animals, they occupy a variety of habitats, especially dense vegetation. An unusual, large species is the Patagonian cavy, or mara (Dolichotis patagonum), a long-legged, harelike animal that reaches a length of about 2 1-2 ft (76 cm) and lives in arid regions. The capybaracapybara
, mammal of Central and much of South America. It is the largest living member of the order Rodentia (the rodents) reaching a length of 4 ft (120 cm) and a weight of 75 to 100 lb (34–45 kg).
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 belongs to a related family. Some cavies are hunted for food in South America. Cavies are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Caviidae.

cavy

[′kā·vē]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of the rodents composing the family Caviidae, which includes the guinea pig, rock cavies, mountain cavies, capybara, salt desert cavy, and mara.
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The cavy possessed four lobes in the right lung, similar to that described on literature for other rodents, such as paca {Agouti paca) (REHDER et al.
Nest and space use in a highland population of the southern mountain cavy (Microcavia australis).
Species as the Southern tamandua, rock cavy, oncilla, Argentine Black and White Tegu, nine-banded armadillo and the three-banded armadillo are species endemic of the Caatinga and are the prime targets for hunters.
Regardless of its transport to Europe and, eventually, to Asia, Africa, and Europeanized North America, the cavy played an important role as a source of protein and in cultural and social rituals in the Andean region for centuries.
I expect him to play well but then Cavy will probably get the call on Saturday with Colin coming back on Sunday.
The community of small rodents (species with <500 g) in this area is dominated by the sigmodontines Deltamys kempi and Oligoryzomys flavescens, the non-native murines Mus domesticus and Rattus norvegicus and the cavy Cavia aperea (Teta et al.
net) is an organization dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy.
The guinea pig, or cavy, comes in three common breeds: the smooth coated, the Abyssinian that has curly hair or rosettes, and the Peruvian that has long hair (Figure 11-23).
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Giant Dave Matsos said: "They had some super goaltending from Cavy tonight but I find it hard to believe that we had that number of chances and he still came out on top.
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