Pacific degu

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Pacific degu
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Octodontidae
Genus: Octodon
Species: O. pacificus
Binomial name
Octodon pacificus
R. Hutterer, 1994

The Pacific degu (Octodon pacificus), also known as the Mocha Island degu, is a species of rodent in the family Octodontidae. It is endemic to Chile. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It was classified in 1994 by Dr. Rainer Hutterer.[2]

Like its close relative the common degu, the Mocha Island degu is diurnal (active during the day).[3] This species is said to have relatively primitive octodontid features,[2] including long fur and a tail lacking a substantial tuft,[2] a feature common amongst other octodons.


  1. ^ Lessa, E.; Ojeda, R. & Bidau, C. (2008). "Octodon pacificus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Hutterer, R. (1994), "Island rodents: A new species of Octodon from Isla Mocha, Chile (Mammalia: Octodontidae)", Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 59: 27–41. 
  3. ^ Ocampo-Garcés, A.; Mena, W.; Hernández, F.; Cortés, N.; Palacios, A.G. (2006), "Circadian chronotypes among wild-captured west Andean octodontids", Biol Res., 39: 209–220., doi:10.4067/s0716-97602006000200003