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Santa Catarina’s Guinea Pig

South America

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Cavia intermedia

Endangered

Food is scarce, overhunting is uncontrolled, and there is always the threat of natural disasters wiping out its population.

The Santa Catarina’s Guinea Pig, an endemic mammal species in Brazil, is restricted to only four hectares of a coastal island in the state of Santa Catarina.

This rodent species is only 20cm to 40cm in length and exhibits no sexual dimorphism. Like most guinea pigs, it has cylindrical body shape and has no external tails. It bears coarse long fur which is more prominent in the neck region although its ears have no fur. It is usually brown or grey in colour.