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Cuniculus hernandezi
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Information
Range Central Andes in Colombia.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Cuniculidae
Genus Cuniculus
Species Cuniculus hernandezi

Cuniculus hernandezi is a species of paca that is endemic to the Central Andes in Colombia. Individuals may weigh over 14 pounds (6.4 kg), making Cuniculus hernandezi the third-largest rodent species worldwide. The species is very similar to the mountain paca (Cuniculus taczanowskii), Cuniculus taczanowskii, but analysis of its mitochondrial DNA revealed that it was a distinct species. The specific epithet honors Colombian biologist Dr. Jorge Hernández Camacho.

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