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Dolichotis patagonum (Patagonian cavy)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum), is a relatively large rodent in the mara genus (Dolichotis). It is also known as the Patagonian cavy, Patagonian hare or dillaby. This herbivorous, somewhat rabbit-like animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia. It is monogamous, but often breeds in warrens that are shared by several pairs.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 28.26
EDGE Score: 4.07


Adult Weight [1]  17.703 lbs (8.03 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  1.239 lbs (562 g)
Diet [3]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [3]  100 %
Forages - Ground [3]  100 %
Female Maturity [2]  5 months 8 days
Male Maturity [2]  6 months 3 days
Gestation [2]  85 days
Litter Size [2]  2
Litters / Year [2]  4
Maximum Longevity [2]  14 years
Snout to Vent Length [1]  28 inches (71 cm)
Weaning [2]  65 days


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Bosques Petrificados Monumental Natural National Monument III 151218 Santa Cruz, Argentina  
Reserva Ecologica de Ñacuñan Ecological Reserve Ia   Argentina  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela No

Prey / Diet

Atriplex lampa (South American saltbush)[4]
Prosopis flexuosa (Pauta Negro)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Ctenomys mendocinus (Mendoza tuco-tuco)1
Microcavia australis (southern mountain cavy)1
Thylamys pallidior (White-bellied Fat-tailed Mouse Opossum)1


Puma concolor (Cougar)[4]


Parasitized by 
Graphidioides affinis <Unverified Name>[5]
Trichostrongylus retortaeformis[4]
Trichuris dolichotis <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Dolichotis patagonum, Claudia M. Campos, Marcelo F. Tognelli, and Ricardo A. Ojeda, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 652, pp. 1–5 (2001)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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