hystricomorph


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hystricomorph

(hɪˈstraɪkəʊˌmɔːf)
n
(Animals) any rodent of the suborder Hystricomorpha, which includes porcupines, cavies, agoutis, and chinchillas
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Hystricomorpha
[C19: from Latin hystrix porcupine, from Greek hustrix]
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The guinea pig (Cavia porcellus, Caviidae, Linnaeus, 1758) is a hystricomorph rodent, widely used as animal model for research development, especially that related to placentation (Miglino et al.
Nutria (Myocastor coypus) are large hystricomorph South American rodents adapted to semi-aquatic environments (Gosling 1981).
The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Linnaeus, 1766) is a large semi-aquatic polygynous New World hystricomorph rodent (Macdonald, 2006; Oliveira and Bonvicino, 2006).
Our results seem to parallel the controversy about rodent and hystricomorph phylogeny (Luckett and Hartenberger 1985; Graur et al.