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- n. Cavia aperea, the Brazilian guinea pig.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wild Guinea pig of Brazil (Cavia aperea).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the restless cavy, Cavia aperea.
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- n. South American cavy; possibly ancestral to the domestic guinea pig
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Other mammals in the area are the vizcachas (Lagostomus maximus), the cuis pampeano (Cavia aperea), the nutria (Myocastur coypus), and the opossum (Didelphis albiventris).
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.
C. aperea is a widely used item of food in rural Brazil and other parts of South America.
In the cerrado -- a tropical region of grasslands and dry forest -- Emmons watched as the Brazilian guinea pig Cavia aperea went locally extinct, and three other rodent species declined significantly: the South American giant rat Kunsia tomentosa, the Paraguayan Bolo mouse Necromys lenguarum, and the Huanchaca mouse Juscelinomys huanchacae.
Cavia aperea went locally extinct, and three other rodent species declined significantly: the South American giant rat
In guinea pigs (Cavia aperea f. porcellus) mothers wean larger litters later than small ones, but it is unknown whether this difference depends on processes induced during pregnancy or is influenced post-natally by the number of pups present.
Behold the domesticated guinea pig (Cavia aperea f. porcellus