Chinchilla chinchilla (Lichtenstein, 1829)

Short-tailed chinchilla



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chinchilla brevicauda Waterhouse, 1848; Chinchilla brevicaudata Waterhouse, 1848


Conservation Status

Last record: 1953

Rediscovered in 2001


IUCN RedList status: Endangered



Chile & Peru


Biology & Ecology










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