Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54534

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Caviidae
Genus:Dolichitus
Genus species:Dolichitus patagonum

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75 cm
Weight:8 kg
Identification:The mara is brown with a dark rump, a white belly and rump base, and long ears.
Habitat:Scrublands and deserts
Diet:Herbivore: short grasses, herbs
Reproduction:Maras are monogamous and breed in June/July or September/October. Females often share communal birthing dens, having 1-3 pups each.
Breeding pairs are weakly bonded to each other, often staying more than 30 meters from each other while traveling.
Behavior:The female does most of the caring for the young. The pups are actually born outside the den and then have to crawl in.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Maras graze in open grassland and can outrun most of its predators, sprinting at 30 mph.

Other Information

Geographic:Southwestern South America Date:1976-01 Subjects:rodent
Mara
Caviidae
Rodents
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata