Shiny guinea pig

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Shiny guinea pig
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Genus: Cavia
Species: C. fulgida
Binomial name
Cavia fulgida
Wagler, 1831

The shiny guinea pig, Cavia fulgida, is a guinea pig species of southeastern South America.

The rodent is endemic to Brazil and Argentina. It is native to the Atlantic Forest ecoregions.


Wagler in 1831 first called the species Cavia fulgida; P. W. Lund identified a Cavia rufescens in 1841, but since Oldfield Thomas (1901) these are considered to be identical species.[2]

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  1. ^ Amori, G.; Koprowski, J. & Roth, L. (2008). "Cavia fulgida". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Weir, Barbara J. (1974), "Notes on the Origin of the Domestic Guinea-Pig", in Rowlands, I. W.; Weir, Barbara J., The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, Academic Press, pp. 437–446, ISBN 0126133344 

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