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  • n. A large, rare, slow-moving rodent (Dinomys branickii) with a thick, furry tail, native to South America, the largest species of mouse and the second-largest rodent after the capybara.


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  • Other species such as the fish eating rat (Ichthyosomis hidrobates), restricted to Andean Venezuela and Colombia, and the pacarana (Dinomys branickii), broadly distributed in the Andes, live in adjacent areas to the páramos, and are considered threatened due to habitat modification, and hunting, respectively.

    Venezuelan Andes montane forests

  • The pacarana (Dinomys branickii) is the third-largest living rodent - only capybaras and some beavers are larger.

    15 Agouti

  • A pacarana, the 4th largest rodent in the world, stops by San Diego 6 to give his take on Groundhog's Day.

    San Diego News

  • A pacarana from the San Diego Zoo stops by San Diego 6 in the Morning.

    San Diego News

  • Andean, andean slope, and xeric habitat specialists are also apparently present, such as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Geoffroy’s cat (Felis geoffroyi) and pacarana (Dinomys branickii).

    Bolivian Yungas


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