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Moon-toothed Degu
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Information
Range Chile, occurring in mountainous areas along the Pacific coast in the central part of the country.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Rodentia
Family Octodontidae
Genus Octodon
Species Octodon lunatus
Conservation Status
NTSpecies
Near Threatened

The Moon-toothed degu (Octodon lunatus), is a species of degu in the family Octodontidae. It is endemic to Chile, occurring in mountainous areas along the Pacific coast in the central part of the country.

Biology and Physiology[]

Unlike its close relative the Common degu, the moon-toothed degu is nocturnal. The ventral fur of this species has been found to be much less reflective of UV light than other octodontids, most likely as a result of its nocturnal habits.

The moon-toothed degu has deep molar indentations but lacks a fold on the inside of the last molar.

Habitat[]

The species is less widely distributed in Chile than the common degu and inhabits dense scrubland near the coast. Habitat ranges from sea level to 1,200 m in the Andes.

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