Cavia magna 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Caviidae

Scientific Name: Cavia magna Ximinez, 1980
Common Name(s):
English Greater Guinea Pig

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-03-14
Assessor(s): Gonzalez, E.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G.
Listed as Least Concern because its extent of occurrence is much greater than 20,000 km², it has a presumed large population, and although there are some declines occurring in Uruguay, these are not significant enough for it to be considered for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the extreme southeastern coastal Brazil and eastern Uruguay (Dunnum 2015). The geographical coordinates are 34°S, 54°W up to 29°S, 49°W (Lacher 2016).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; Uruguay
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Population [top]

Population:This species has a wide distribution, and estimated large population size (Lacher 2016).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is strongly associated with wetlands and coastal marshes along the southeastern coast of Brazil. Reproduction is year round; it can produce three litters per year. Males have extremely large home ranges (11,830 m2), about 50% larger than those of females (7,670 m2) (Lacher 2016).
Generation Length (years):2

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Intentional burning of vegetation for cattle ranching is a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs at least in one protected area in Uruguay (Laguna de Castillos) and at least four in Brazil. Further taxonomic studies of this species are required.

Citation: Gonzalez, E. 2016. Cavia magna. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T4066A22188832. . Downloaded on 21 October 2017.
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