Caviinae

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"Cavy" redirects here. For the Cavy family, see Caviidae.
Caviinae
Temporal range: Late Miocene - Holocene
Two adult Guinea Pigs (Cavia porcellus).jpg
Cavia porcellus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Subfamily: Caviinae
Fischer de Waldheim, 1817
Genera

Neoprocavia
Allocavia
Palaeocavia
Neocavia
Dolicavia
Macrocavia
Caviops
Pascualia
Galea
Microcavia
Cavia

Caviinae is a subfamily uniting all living members of the family Caviidae with the exception of the maras, capybaras, and Kerodon. The subfamily traditionally contained the guinea pig-like forms along with the cursorially adapted (running) Kerodon. Molecular results suggest the Caviinae as so defined would be paraphyletic and Kerodon is more closely related to maras and capybaras than to other caviines.[1] This led Woods and Kilpatrick (2005) to unite Kerodon and capybaras into the subfamily Hydrochoerinae within the Caviidae. These studies also suggest Microcavia and Cavia are more closely related to one another than either is to Galea.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rowe, D. L. and R. L. Honeycutt. 2002. Phylogenetic relationships, ecological correlates, and molecular evolution within the Cavioidea (Mammalia, Rodentia). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 19:263-277.

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