Chinchillas (Chinchilla lanigera)

By: Kaelyn Tally

TAXONOMY OF CHINCHILLAS

1. Kingdom: Animal

2. Phylum: Chordate

3. Class: Mammal

4. Order: Rodent

5. Family: Chinchillidae

6. Genus: Chinchilla

7. Species: C. lanigera or Chinchilla brevicaudata

SCIENTIFIC NAME

The two living species of chinchilla are Chinchilla chinchilla, formerly known as Chinchilla brevicaudata, and Chinchilla lanigera. Chinchilla chinchilla has a shorter tail, a thicker neck and shoulders, and shorter ears than Chinchilla lanigera.

FUN FACTS ABOUT CHINCHILLAS