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Spiny rat
2006-12-14 14:20:47

The spiny rats are a group of hystricognath rodents in the family Echimyidae. They are distributed from Central America through much of South America. They were also found in the West Indies until the 1800s. Some authorities consider the nutria from southern and central South America to be a part of this family. Characteristics Most spiny rats resemble spined rats. They are more closely...

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