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Bridges' Degu
Gaehnen
Information
Range Argentina and Chile, most typically in southern Chile.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Octodontidae
Genus Octodon
Species Octodon bridgesi
Conservation Status
VUSpecies
Vulnerable

The Bridges' degu (Octodon bridgesi), is a species of degu in the family Octodontidae. It is found in Argentina and Chile, most typically in southern Chile. The species was named after Thomas Bridges, a Victorian botanist who sent specimens to the British Museum for identification.

Biology and Physiology[]

Unlike its close relative the common degu, Bridges' degu is nocturnal.

Bridges' degu has deep molar indentaions and has a deep fold on the inside of the last molar.

Habitat[]

The species is less widely distributed in Chile than the common degu and inhabits rocky, forested areas and some open farmland, although it is far less well adapted for digging but does have some climbing ability. Deforestation may be contributing to the decline of this species.

In Argentina it also inhabits southern beeches forests.

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