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What family is a chinchilla in?


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In respect to this, is a chinchilla part of the rat family?

Chinchilla rats or chinchillones are members of the family Abrocomidae. This family has few members compared to most rodent families, with only nine known living species. They resemble chinchillas in appearance, with a similar soft fur and silvery-grey color, but have a body structure more like a short-tailed rat.

Likewise, what are chinchillas closest relatives? Chinchillas and their closest living relatives, the mountain viscachas, along with the more distantly related plains viscacha, constitute the family Chinchillidae of the suborder Hystricognatha within the order Rodentia.

Just so, is a chinchilla a rodent?

Chinchillas are either of two species (Chinchilla chinchilla and Chinchilla lanigera) of crepuscular rodents of the parvorder Caviomorpha. They are slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels, and are native to the Andes mountains in South America.

Are chinchillas endangered 2019?

Chinchillas are attractive animals, which has led to their popularity as pets. Despite a large number of commercially bred chinchillas, the long-tailed chinchilla is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because its numbers in the wild are low and continue to decline.

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