Santa Catarina's guinea pig

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Santa Catarina's guinea pig
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
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.


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


  1. ^ a b Chapman, R. E. (2008). "Cavia intermedia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 

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