Viscacha rat

Viscacha rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Octodontidae
Species : Octomys mimax


Keywords: white

The Viscacha rat is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Namings for the viscacha rat
A young / baby of a viscacha rat is called a 'kitten, nestling, pinkie or pup'. The females are called 'doe' and males 'buck'. A viscacha rat group is called a 'colony, horde, pack, plague or swarm'.

Facts about the viscacha rat

Researchers at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and their counterparts in Chile and Argentina have found evidence that the red viscacha rat is a tetraploid.

The most reasonable explanation is that the red viscacha rat is tetraploid, but that some of the chromosomes have been lost. (Full text)

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