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  • The Chalchalero vizcacha rat is a species of caviomorph rodent in the family Octodontidae. It is monotypic within the genus Salinoctomys. The species is endemic to a small area of northwestern Argentina, where it lives in shrublands bordering the salt flats of the Salinas Grandes. Its diet consists of halophyte plants. It is a medium-sized rat species. Their fur is dark brown on top and white below. The tail is relatively long and ends in a black tassel. They reach a body length 14 to 16 centimeters and a tail length of 11 to 12 centimeters. The rodent is threatened by degradation of its unique habitat. It is named after an Argentine musical group, Los Chalchaleros, whose songs were popular with its discoverers.

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