Brazilian tuco-tuco

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Brazilian tuco-tuco
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Ctenomyidae
Genus: Ctenomys
Species: C. brasiliensis
Binomial name
Ctenomys brasiliensis
Blainville, 1826

The Brazilian tuco-tuco (Ctenomys brasiliensis) is a tuco-tuco species from South America.[2] It is found mainly in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil,[3] though Charles Darwin mentions it during his trip through present-day Uruguay.[4]


The Brazilian tuco-tuco has a reddish-brown coat color. The tail has short hairs covering it. It is the largest species of its genus. The head-body length is about 300 mm and the tail is relatively short.[3]


  1. ^ Bidau, C.; Lessa, E. & Ojeda, R. (2008). "Ctenomys brasiliensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Woods, C.A.; Kilpatrick, C.W. (2005). "Infraorder Hystricognathi". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1562. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ a b Fernandes, F. A., R. Fornel, and T. R. O. Freitas. 2012. Ctenomys brasiliensis Blainville (Rodentia: Ctenomyidae): clarifying the geographic placement of the type species of the genus Ctenomys. Zootaxa. 3272: 57-68
  4. ^ Darwin, Charles R. (1839), Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe. Journal and remarks. 1832-1836., London: Henry Colburn, p. 619 
    In page 58, Charles Darwin says "The Tucutuco (Ctenomys braziliensis) is a curious small animal, which may be briefly described as a Rodent, with the habits of a mole."
    See it also in The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online

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