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Abrocomidae - Chinchilla Rats

 

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Rodentia
 Family: Abrocomidae

Abert's SquirrelChinchilla rats are found in the Andes Mountains in South America. They have soft and thick silvery-grayish fur, mouse-like bodies, long fur-covered tails, and large round ears. Not including their tails, they are about 5-9 inches long. They are very social and live in underground tunnels. There are nine species of living chinchilla rats and one extinct species.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Data Deficient Data Deficient
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
 

New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH More Info Click for More Info picture Click for Image

  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None
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Species Around the World

Ashy Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma cinerea Least Concern South America More Info
Bennett's Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma bennetti Least Concern South America image More Info
Bolivian Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma boliviensis Critically Endangered South America More Info
Budin’s Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma budini Data Deficient South America
Famatina Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma famatina Data Deficient South America
  Mendozan Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma vaccarum Data Deficient South America
Sierra Del Tontal Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma shistacea Data Deficient South America
Uspallata Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma uspallata Data Deficient South America
Ashaninika Arboreal Chinchilla Rat - Cuscomys ashaninka Data Deficient South America
Cuscomys oblativa extinct South America

Additional Information

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Ashy Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma cinerea profile Photos Least Concern South America
The ashy chinchilla rat is found in the Andes in southeastern Peru, southwestern Bolivia, northern Chile and northwestern Argentina.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bennett’s Chinchilla Rat- Abrocoma bennetti profile Photos Least Concern South America
Bennett's chinchilla rat is found in Chile. It is one of the species brought back to England by Charles Darwin.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bolivian Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma boliviensis profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The Bolivian chinchilla rat is found only in a small region of central Bolivia.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Bolivian Chinchilla Rat - Abrocoma boliviensis profile Photos Critically Endangered South America
The Bolivian chinchilla rat lives in burrows in the cloud forest.
Source: EDGE Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No