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: Hernan Tolosa (saguzar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1095 W: 72 N: 1394] (7202)
: Animals
: 2004-03-17
Exposure: f/11, 1/500
: Argentinian Mammals [view contributor(s)]
: 2005-12-13 17:33
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Dolichotis patagona

C: Mammalia
O: Rodentia
F: Caviidae
Sf: Dolichotinae

Vulgar name: Mara (Spanish and English).
Length: 70 cm
Weight 9 to 16 kg.
It is a species endemic of Argentina, of the patagonic and dry Pampas ecorregions, where there are gramineous and shrubbed steppes and woods thin or open. They are of very gregarious habits, forming groups of until unit, where there is monogamics pairs and hierarchy of males, who fight of aggressive way. They are of diurnal habits, with greater activity in the morning and in the evening. They are very quick, reaching the 60 km/h. Maras are plant eaters and consume leaves and stems of grasps and herbaceous dicotiledons and with smaller frequency substantial parts of cactus and acacia`s seeds . Females enter fervor every 3 or 4 months and give to light of 1 to 3 young that is blanketed of 8 to 11 weeks. The females mature to the 8 months. Their predators are the wild felines (at least 4 species), foxes, ferrets and eagles. The species undergoes a diminution of its population due perhaps to the competition with exotic plant eaters like the ewe and the European hare. Photo taken at La Plata zoo.
Babel fish translation (with correction), excuse me for my bad english.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-13 20:11]

Great capture!
Very interesting species, good details,
and colours.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Such an interesting animal, ive seen it last month, here is the sister of you picture I posted on TN: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Argentina/photo35231.htm

Interesting species, Hernan. We do not have anything similar in South Africa. Thank you for sharing.

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-01-17 13:50]

Hey Hernan,
Cute little animal here. At first sight it looks much like a deer, and then it turns out to be a rodent ; it's really strange how diverse they can be! Great pose, interesting point of view and rich detailed shot. Thanks for showing,

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