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|date of photo Dec 1981
this photo depicts an animal that was captive or collected
photo location Mendoza, Argentina
animal's place of origin
Depto. San Carlos, along Rio Diamante, 3 km S Lago Diamante (Mendoza, Argentina)family Ctenomyidaenotes Two common names in Argentina for Ctenomys species are 'tuco-tuco' and 'tunduque'. These rodents are ecologically convergent with the North American pocket gophers, in that they dig elaborate burrow systems which serve as their homes and means to reach the vegetation that they feed on. They resemble pocket gophers in their general shape and size, and the highly developed forelegs and claws and enlarged incisor teeth that are used in excavating their burrow systems. This ecological and morphological convergence has occurred in other groups of rodents in the Old World as well. The name 'tunduque' is a common name that attempts to mimic the sound that these animals emit from within their burrows. Having vocalizations is a notable differences between the tuco-tucos and the pocket gophers (silent),showing how evolution can be similar for one set of traits but different for others.camera Canon QL/FT & 90 mm Vivitar macro lensFrom the collection of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Mammal 162935 View all photos for this specimen
photo category: Animal - Mammal
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