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Short description: Genus of rodents

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Abrocoma bennettii
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Abrocomidae
Genus: Abrocoma
Waterhouse, 1837
Type species
Abrocoma bennettii
Waterhouse, 1837

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Abrocoma is a genus of abrocomid rodents found in the Andes of South America, from southern Peru to central Chile . The genus contains eight species, most of which are found in isolated mountain ranges in northwestern Argentina . The oldest fossil record for the Caviomorpha appears at the late Eocene-Early Oligocene transition (37.5–31.5 mybp).[1]


Additionally, the species Cuscomys oblativus was formerly classified as A. oblativus, but has been reassigned.[2]


  1. Gallardo, Milton; Kirsch, John (March 2001). "Molecular relationships among Octodontidae". Journal of Mammalian Evolution 8 (1): 73–89. doi:10.1023/A:1011345000786. 
  2. Giant Furry Pets Of The Incas

Further reading

  • Braun, J. K. and M. A. Mares. 2002. Systematics of the Abrocoma cinerea species complex (Rodentia: Abrocomidae), with a description of a new species of Abrocoma. Journal of Mammalogy, 83:1-19.

Wikidata ☰ Q480789 entry