chinchilla rat

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Noun1.chinchilla rat - ratlike rodent with soft fur and large ears of the Andeschinchilla rat - ratlike rodent with soft fur and large ears of the Andes
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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La familia Abrocomidae es endemica de Sudamerica (Glanz y Anderson, 1990; Braun y Mares, 2002) e incluye el genero politipico Abrocoma, con 8 especies, y el genero Cuscomys, con dos especies reconocidas (Emmons, 1999; Patton y Emmons, 2015).
Especificamente para Chile central, se ha documentado que el consumo de caviomorfos de las familias Abrocomidae, Chinchillidae y Octodontidae fue habitual, a la vez que constituia un recurso selectivo, orientado a especies grandes, diurnas y coloniales, todas ellas conspicuas y predecibles en tiempo y espacio (Simonetti y Cornejo, 1991).
Other species such as Oligoryzomys longicaudatus (long-tailed rice rat), Abrothrix longipilis (long-haired field mouse), Thylamys (Marmosa) elegans (mouse opossum; Marmosidae, Didelphoidea), and Abrocoma bennetti (chinchilla rat; Abrocomidae, Rodentia) were sporadic and/or uncommon in occurrence (Meserve and Le Boulenge 1987).
Five families were united in Octodontoidea, with Abrocomidae (chinchilla rats) sister to two family dyads: Octodontidae (degus and viscacha rats) + Ctenomyidae (tuco-tucos) and Echimyidae (spiny rats, tree rats, and the nutria) + Capromyidae (hutias).