Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs in the coastal areas of southeastern Brazil (Ximenez, 1980).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is native to the Atlantic Forest and has been introduced to grasslands. It prefers forest borders.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Cavia fulgida

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Amori, G., Koprowski, J. & Roth, L.

Reviewer/s
Chanson, J. & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

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Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. We know little of its population size but its adaptability to grasslands leads us to assume stable populations.
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Population

Population
This rodent is widespread in grasslands. There has been some research on its population and taxonomy classifications.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species. It is sometimes hunted for food, although this is not a major threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are some national and state reserves within its range, but there are no known records within these areas. More research is needed on taxonomy for this species.
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Wikipedia

Shiny Guinea Pig

The Shiny Guinea Pig, Cavia fulgida, is a guinea pig species from South America. It is found in Brazil and Argentina

Wagler in 1831 first called the species Cavia fulgida; P. W. Lund identified a Cavia rufescens in 1841, but since Oldfield Thomas (1901) these are considered to be identical species.[2]

References

  1. ^ Amori, G., Koprowski, J. & Roth, L. (2008). Cavia fulgida. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 5 January 2009.
  2. ^ Weir, Barbara J. (1974), "Notes on the Origin of the Domestic Guinea-Pig", in Rowlands, I. W.; Weir, Barbara J., The Biology of Hystricomorph Rodents, Academic Press, pp. pp. 437–446, ISBN 0-12-6133334-4 
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