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Temporal range: none
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Suborder: Hystricomorpha
Family: Abrocomidae
Genus: Abrocoma
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 (Wyss et al., 1993)].[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:10.10231/A:1011345000786. 
  2. ^ http://darrennaish.blogspot.com/2006/03/giant-furry-pets-of-incas.html Giant Furry Pets Of The Incas

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.
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