Santa Catarina's guinea pig

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Santa Catarina's guinea pig
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Genus: Cavia
Species: C. intermedia
Binomial name
Cavia intermedia
Cherem et al., 1999
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Santa Catarina's guinea pig or Moleques do Sul cavy, Cavia intermedia, is a rare guinea pig species of southeastern South America.

Distribution[edit]

The rodent is endemic to the small coastal island of Ilha Moleques do Sul, located in the state of Santa Catarina in southeastern Brazil.

The island has a total surface area of only 10.5 hectares (26 acres). The guinea pig's geographical distribution of only 4 hectares (9.9 acres) is one of the world's smallest for a mammal.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chapman, R. E. (2008). Cavia intermedia. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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