Confirmation of austral limit of the southern mountain cavy (Microcavia australis), (Caviidae, Rodentia) in the Magallanes region, south of Chile
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the Southern Mountain Cavy
Microcavia australis
Strait of Magellan

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Cárcamo, J. ., Muñoz, C., & Chamia, J. (2021). Confirmation of austral limit of the southern mountain cavy (Microcavia australis), (Caviidae, Rodentia) in the Magallanes region, south of Chile. Anales Del Instituto De La Patagonia, 49.


The southern mountain cavy (Mocrocavia australis) it is a rodent of the family Ca- viidae whose presence and distribution in the Magallanes region are unclear due to the lack of records of live specimens. To establish without any doubt its presence, the deposit of biological collections “Prof. Edmundo Pisano Valdés” from the Institute of Patagonia at the University of Magallanes and an exhaustive bibliographic review of scientific publications and reports entered the Environmental Impact Assessment System (SEIA) in the Magallanes region was carried out between 1995 a year 2020. The results of both reviews show the presence of this species in the northeastern sector of the Strait of Magellan. Based on these antecedents, a field campaign was carried out where the presence of this rodent was verified in the Cañadón Cóndor sector. Finally, a total of 6 records of living individuals were compiled, 40 traces, two skins, and a skull. With all these antecedents, a distribution proposal for the region is presented
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