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Mountain Viscacha Rat


The Viscacha Rat '(Octomys mimax)-- or Mountain Viscacha Rat' -- is a species of rodent in the Octodontidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Octomys, and is likely ancestral to both Tympanoctomys barrerae and Pipanacoctomys aureus. It is endemic to Chile and Argentina.

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Gallardo, M.H. et al.. (2004). Whole-genome duplications in South American desert rodents (Octodontidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 82, 443-451.

Gallardo. 2006. Molecular cytogenetics and allotetraploidy in the red vizcacha rat, Tympanoctomys barrerae Genomics. 88:2, 214-221. doi:10.1016/j.ygeno.2006.02.010

Mares, Braun, Barquez, and Diaz. 2000. Two new genera and species of halophytic desert mammals from isolated salt flats in Argentina. Occasional Papers, Museum of Texas Tech University 203:i+1-27.

Wilson, D.E., and D.M. Reeder (Eds.). 2005. Mammal Species of the World, Third Edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD. 2 Volumes, 2141 pp.

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