IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group. Lagidium viscacia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN Geographic range in detail. Threats. Mountain vizcacha (Lagidium cf. peruanum) in Ecuador – first record of Chinchillidae from the northern Andes. Florian A. Werner¹, Karim J. Ledesma², and. The northern viscacha (Lagidium peruanum) is a species of rodent in the family Chinchillidae. It is known from Peru and Chile, at elevations from to m, .

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Walker’s Mammals of the World.

The northern viscacha Lagidium peruanum is a species of viscachaa rodent in the peruanuum Chinchillidae. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support.

Johns Hopkins University Press. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. It is preyed on by the Andean mountain cat Leopardus jacobitusthe colocolo Leopardus colocoloand the culpeo Lycalopex culpaeus in high-altitude desert regions. Feeding begins in the afternoon and lasts until after sunset, at which time individuals return to their burrows.

The northern viscacha is common within suitable habitat in its range.

Northern viscacha

Primary Diet herbivore folivore Economic Importance for Humans: This preference is probably driven by a need to avoid predators, as land-based carnivores are more easily evaded on a steep slope. When alarmed they produce a high-pitched call to warn the colony of a potential threat. They feed primarily from late afternoon until after the sun sets. Biogeographic Regions neotropical native Habitat L.


The mating period ranges from October to December, in which all adult females become pregnant. The Life of Mammals.

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While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. The ventral under surface is cream or pale grey and the tip of the tail is reddish-brown or black. The northern viscacha is a herbivore and feeds on a variety of plant material, including grasses, roots, and seeds.

Help us improve the site by taking our survey. The ventral portion of their fur is lighter, and can be white, yellowish, or light gray.

Geographic Range Lagidium peruanu,one of several recognized species of “Mountain Viscachas,” lives in the Andes Mountains of Peru at elevations ranging from approximately 3, meters. Mammal Species of the World: Their pelage coloration varies from dark grey at low elevations to brown at higher elevations. Individuals reach sexual maturity after one year.


Peeuanum chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera Short-tailed chinchilla Chinchilla chinchilla. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. Retrieved 5 January ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe.

Connect with us Help us improve the site by taking our survey. Females have only a single pair of mammae.

Lagidium peruanum

Positive Impacts food Economic Importance for Humans: The young is weaned when about 8 weeks old. Journal of Mammology This corresponds to the area contained between the timber and snow lines. They are not territorial and rarely aggressive.

In other words, Central and South America. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students.

It rarely ventures far from rocks, as these provide a means of escaping from both aerial and terrestrial predators. Extant species of family Chinchillidae.