Chinchilla lanigera (Molina, 1782)

Long-tailed Chinchilla, Chinchilla, Common chinchilla



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Chinchilla laniger (Molina, 1782)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1955

Rediscovered in 1978

IUCN RedList status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










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