Plains viscacha rat

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Author: Michael A. Mares

Plains viscacha rat

Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Octodontidae
Species : Tympanoctomys barrerae


Keywords: red , nocturnal

The Plains viscacha rat, red vizcacha rat is listed as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

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

Facts about the plains viscacha rat

The vizcacha rat Tympanoctomys barrerae is rare and endemic.

urine concentration of Tympanoctomys barrerae is 7080 mosm/l, similar to other desert rodents that forage on halophytes (eg, Dipodomys microps, Psammomys obesus .

The red vizcacha rat, Tympanoctomys barrerae , is a monotypic, micro-endemic species that inhabits salt pan-sand dune habitats in west-central Argentina. (Full text)

The endangered Chlamyphorus truncatus lives in sandbanks and the endangered endemic Tympanoctomys barrerae is found in halophytic areas.

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