Cavia tschudii


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cavia tschudii
Species Authority: Fitzinger, 1867
Common Name(s):
English Montane Guinea Pig

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunnum, J., Patterson, B. & Zeballos, H. & Teta, P.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining at a rate to qualify for inclusion in a threat category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in Peru, highland Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, and northeastern Chile (Woods and Kilpatrick, 2005). It occurs from around 3,000 to around 4,300 m asl (Dunnum, 2003; Emmons, 2001). It is not present in the Yungas of the eastern versant of the Andes or the lowlands of Bolivia (Dunnum, 2003).
Argentina; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Chile; Peru
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Population [top]

Population: It is considered a common species, although there are not many records from Argentina.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is typically found in moist habitats with scattered rocks and close to dense riparian habitats (including boggy areas). In Peru the species lives in thick grass or brushy grasslands and disturbed gallery forest in which it makes distinct runways. It is present in both primary and disturbed habitats. In Argentina it has been reported to live in burrows with multiple entrances. In captivity the gestation period is 63.3 days, litters average 1.9 (range 1-4), and the average age of first reproduction is two months (Weir, 1974; Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from 12 protected areas in Peru; it is present in at least two protected areas in Bolivia. No conservation measures are needed for this species.

Citation: Dunnum, J., Patterson, B. & Zeballos, H. & Teta, P. 2008. Cavia tschudii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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