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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Caviinae — guinea pigs.


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From obsolete Portuguese çavia ("the spiny rat, Makalata armate, Echimys armata") (> modern sauiá), from Old Tupi saujá


  • There is a great variety of bats; rodents include the Venezuelan endemic Roraima rat Podoxymys roraimae, short-tailed cane mouse Zygodontes brevicauda, three climbing rats in the genus Rhipidomys, and two guinea pigs Cavia species.

    Canaima National Park, Venezuela

  • Other mammals in the area are the vizcachas (Lagostomus maximus), the cuis pampeano (Cavia aperea), the nutria (Myocastur coypus), and the opossum (Didelphis albiventris).

    Semi-arid Pampas

  • Three species of wild cavies (Cavia aperea, C. fulgida, and C. tschudii), close relatives of the guinea pig, are native to South America and are declining drastically.

    15 Agouti

  • Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are promising microlivestock because they require little capital or labor; provide an inexpensive, readily available, palatable meat; have no odor, and are suitable for keeping indoors.

    15 Agouti

  • Hitherto docile and kind, as is the nature of the _Cavia cobaya_, vulgarly called guinea pig, this evening Ribot became as you have seen him.

    The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton

  • There were three mice and two young cavies (Cavia australis) lying untouched in the nest.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • A small pampa rodent worthy of notice is the Cavia australis, called

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • [* The thick-nosed tapir, or river cavy (Cavia capybara), called chiguire in those countries.]

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • I also found a most curious snail, and spiders, beetles, snakes, scorpions ad libitum, and to conclude shot a Cavia weighing a cwt.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1

  • I have paid all the attention I am capable of to their geological site; but of course it is too long a story for here. 1st, I have the tarsi and metatarsi very perfect of a Cavia; 2nd, the upper jaw and head of some very large animal with four square hollow molars and the head greatly protruded in front.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 1


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