ECHIMYIDAE (Spiny Rats)
The Echimyidae is a good-sized (18 genera and 84 living species) family of
rodents. Three subfamilies of living forms are recognized: Dactylomyinae (3 genera and
6 species, northern Colombia and Venezuela southward to northeastern Argentina and
southernmost Brazil), Echimyinae (6 genera and 29 species, Honduras southward to
southernmost Brazil), and Eumysopinae (9 genera and 49 species, Honduras southward
to southernmost Brazil). Members of the family are present on many nearshore islands,
including San Miguel, San José and Bastimentos (all off Panama), Margarita, Trinidad
and Tobago, Gorgona (Colombia), and Grande, São Sebastiao and Santa Catarina
(all off southern Brazil).
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