Lagostomus is a South American genus of rodents in the family Chinchillidae. It contains a single living species, the plains viscacha, and it is the only Holocene genus in the subfamily Lagostominae.

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Plains viscacha
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Chinchillidae
Subfamily: Lagostominae
Genus: Lagostomus
Brookes, 1828

Viscacia (Rengger, 1830)[2]


  1. ^ Rasia, Luciano L., and Adriana M. Candela. 2016. Lagostomus telenkechanum, sp. nov., a new lagostomine rodent (Caviomorpha, Chinchillidae) from the Arroyo Chasicó Formation (late Miocene; Buenos Aires Province, Argentina). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 37. e1239205. Accessed 2019-02-04.
  2. ^ Spotorno, Angel E.; Patton, James L. (2015-03-09). "Superfamily Chinchilloidea Bennett, 1833". In Patton, James L.; Pardiñas, Ulyses F. J.; D’Elía, Guillermo (eds.). Mammals of South America, Volume 2: Rodents. University of Chicago Press. p. 780. ISBN 9780226169606.