The family Chinchillidae
contains the chinchillas
, and their fossil
relatives. They are restricted to southern and western South America
, often in association with the Andes
. They are large rodents, weighing from to , with strong hind legs and large ears. All species have thick, soft fur
, which is considered valuable in some species.
There are three extant and three fossil genera currently recognized.
- McKenna, Malcolm C., and Bell, Susan K. 1997. Classification of Mammals Above the Species Level. Columbia University Press, New York, 631 pp. ISBN 0-231-11013-8
- Woods C. A. and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2005. Hystricognathi pp. 1538-1600 in D. E. Wilson and M. A. Reeder, eds. Mammal Species of the World, 3rd edition, p. 1553.