Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 37.1 (2014) Pages: 89-93

Chinchilla lanigera (Molina 1782) and C. chinchilla (Lichtenstein 1830): review of their distribution and new findings

Valladares, P., Zuleta, C., Spotorno, Á.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0089

Abstract

Millions of Chinchilla chinchilla and C. lanigera were killed during the early twentieth century and they were nearly hunted to extinction. In order to establish the current range of distribution of these two wild species and to localize possible new colonies, we used the available scientific literature, technical reports, information from residents, and live trapping methods. Both species are ‘critically endangered’ since their current distribution is highly fragmented and all recognized colonies are small and isolated. We report a small new wild colony of C. lanigera in the Atacama region, Chile.

Keywords

Chinchilla, Critically endangered, Distribution, Endemism, New colonies, Chile

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Valladares, P., Zuleta, C., Spotorno, Á., 2014. Chinchilla lanigera (Molina 1782) and C. chinchilla (Lichtenstein 1830): review of their distribution and new findings. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 37: 89-93, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2014.37.0089

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Reception date:

04/02/2014

Acceptation date:

23/05/2014

Publication date:

28/06/2014

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