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South American giant rats
Temporal range: Pleistocene - Recent
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Superfamily: Muroidea
Family: Cricetidae
Subfamily: Sigmodontinae
Tribe: Akodontini
Genus: Kunsia
Hershkovitz, 1966

Kunsia fronto
Kunsia tomentosus

Kunsia is the genus of the South American giant rats.[1] It is named for Merle Kuns, a medical researcher who collected specimens of the woolly giant rat while studying rodent disease reservoirs in Bolivia.[2] There are two species:


  1. ^ Musser, G.G.; Carleton, M.D. (2005). "Superfamily Muroidea". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 894–1531. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Bezerra, A.M.R. & Pardiñas, U.F.J. (January 2016). "Kunsia tomentosus (Rodentia: Cricetidae)". Mammalian Species. 48 (930): 1–9. doi:10.1093/mspecies/sev013.