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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The northern viscacha Lagidium peruanum is a species of viscachaa rodent in the family Chinchillidae. Its long ears are furry and its body fur is dense and soft, but the tail has coarser hairs.

Northern viscacha

The dorsal upper surface ranges from dark grey at lower altitudes to brown at higher elevations. The ventral under surface is cream or pale grey and the tip of the tail is reddish-brown or black.

The northern viscacha is native to central and southern Peru and northern Chile, and may also be present in the area around Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia.


It makes its home in crevices in the rock and is found in various habitats where suitable rocky outcrops are found. The northern viscacha is a herbivore and feeds on a variety of plant material, including grasses, roots, and seeds. A litter usually consists of a single pup born after a gestation period around peruaanum.

The young is weaned when about 8 weeks old. It is preyed on by the Andean mountain cat Leopardus jacobitusthe colocolo Leopardus colocoloand the culpeo Lycalopex culpaeus in high-altitude desert regions. This preference is probably driven by a need to avoid predators, as land-based carnivores are more easily evaded on a steep slope. It rarely ventures far peguanum rocks, as these provide a means of escaping from both aerial and terrestrial predators.

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

The population size is relatively stable, and although it is hunted locally for food, no other significant threats have been identified, so the IUCN lists the species as being of Least Concern in its Red List of Threatened Species. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Northern Mountain Viscacha (Lagidium peruanum) ·

Northern viscacha Conservation status. International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Retrieved 5 January Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. Johns Hopkins University Press.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Extant species of family Chinchillidae. Long-tailed chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera Short-tailed chinchilla Chinchilla chinchilla. Lagidium ahuacaense Northern viscacha Lagidium peruanum Southern viscacha Lagidium viscacia Wolffsohn’s viscacha Lagidium wolffsohni.

Plains viscacha Lagostomus maximus. Retrieved from ” https: Articles with ‘species’ microformats Taxonomy articles created by Polbot. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lagidium peruanum Meyen ,

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