Chacoan mara

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Chacoan mara
Temporal range: Pleistocene–recent
Чакоанская, или чакская, или малая мара (Dolichotis salinicola), Chacoan mara, Kleiner Mara, Tierpark Berlin Friedrichsfelde, 10.2012.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Genus: Dolichotis
Species: D. salinicola
Binomial name
Dolichotis salinicola
Burmeister, 1876

The Chacoan mara, Dolichotis salinicola, is a relatively large rodent from South America of the cavy family. They are a close relative of the better known Patagonian mara.

Habitat[edit]

The Chacoan mara lives in the South American Chaco, the dry thorny forests and grasslands of Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Maras dig a burrow to sleep in at night.

Food and diet[edit]

The Chacoan mara eat grasses and other herbage. They will eat nearly any available vegetation.

Social structure[edit]

Chacoan maras live in small groups of up to four animals.

Scientific classfication and relatives[edit]

The Chacoan mara is from the family Caviidae, which includes cavies, such as their larger relative the capybara, and guinea pigs. Chacoan maras are closely related to the other member of the Dolichotis genus, the Patagonian mara. Maras are the fourth largest rodent in the world after the capybaras, beavers and porcupines . Though the mara may look like a rabbit, the rabbit is not actually a rodent and therefore not as closely related to the mara as one might expect.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunnum, J., Vargas, J., Bernal, N., Pardinas, U. & Ojeda, R. (2008). Dolichotis salinicola. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 5 January 2009.