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Abrocoma boliviensis (Bolivian chinchilla rat)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Bolivian chinchilla rat (Abrocoma boliviensis) is a species of chinchilla rat in the family Abrocomidae. It is found only in Manuel MarĂ­a Caballero Province, Bolivia. Its natural habitat is the rocky areas of cloud forests in Bolivia's interior.
View Wikipedia Record: Abrocoma boliviensis

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Abrocoma boliviensis

EDGE Analysis

Chinchilla rats are similar in appearance to both chinchillas and rats, hence the common name. Their fur is long, dense and soft and almost as prized as that of true chinchillas, while their proportionately longer head and ears give them a more rat-like appearance. The Bolivian chinchilla rat is the smallest of the three living Abrocoma species, and is distinguishable by its longer, hairier tail. It lives in burrows and is associated with rocky areas within cloud forest. The main threats appear to be from habitat loss and fragmentation as the forest is cleared for cattle pasture and human colonisation.
Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 17.91
EDGE Score: 5.71
View EDGE Record: Abrocoma boliviensis


Adult Weight [1]  158 grams
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Nocturnal [2]  Yes


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Bolivian montane dry forests Bolivia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Bolivian Yungas Bolivia Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) Sites

Name  Location   Map   Climate   Land Use 
Comarapa Bolivia

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Tropical Andes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela Yes

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Felisa A. Smith, S. Kathleen Lyons, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Kate E. Jones, Dawn M. Kaufman, Tamar Dayan, Pablo A. Marquet, James H. Brown, and John P. Haskell. 2003. Body mass of late Quaternary mammals. Ecology 84:3403
2Hamish 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
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
AZE sites provided by Alliance for Zero Extinction (2010). 2010 AZE Update.
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