Santa Catarina's guinea pig

Santa Catarina's guinea pig
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Caviidae
Subfamily: Caviinae
Genus: Cavia
Species: C. intermedia
Binomial name
Cavia intermedia
Cherem et al., 1999

Santa Catarina's guinea pig or Moleques do Sul cavy, Cavia intermedia, is a rare guinea pig species of southeastern South America.


The rodent is endemic to the small coastal island of Ilha Moleques do Sul, located in the state of Santa Catarina in southeastern Brazil.

The island has a total surface area of only 10.5 hectares (26 acres). The guinea pig's geographical distribution of only 4 hectares (9.9 acres) is one of the world's smallest for a mammal.[1]


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