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Kunsia tomentosus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Myomorpha
Superfamilia: Muroidea
Familia: Cricetidae
Subfamilia: Sigmodontinae
Tribus: Akodontini
Genus: Kunsia
Species: Kunsia tomentosus

Vernacular names


* Kunsia in Mammal Species of the World.
* Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2 Volume Set edited by Don E. Wilson, DeeAnn M. Reeder


The Woolly Giant Rat, Kunsia tomentosus, is a burrowing rodent species from South America. It is found in wet grasslands in Bolivia and Brazil, where it feeds on roots and grasses. They prefer elevations from sea level to about one thousand meters above sea level. They create burrows in which to live and travel.

The South American Giant Rat is the largest living rat. It can measure up to 30cm (1 foot) in length, and carries a tail as long as 16cm (6 inches) long. Its dark brown mixed with gray fur is thick on the top of its body, but thins out toward the under parts. The thinner under parts are also lighter in color. The tail is almost always black. The large claws and feet of the rat are perfect digging tools. [1]


1. ^ a b Marinhio-Filho, J. & Vieira, E. (2008). Kunsia tomentosus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 15 April 2009.

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