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Ctenodactylidae - gundis

Plain ChachalacaThere are five species in this family. They are all found in northern Africa. They have brown or gray, soft, silky fur and look like guinea pigs. They rounded ears; round eyes; stocky bodies; short legs; short necks; and short, furry tails. Gundis are herbivores and are active during the day. They live in colonies.

World Status Key
Least Concern Least Concern Near Threatened Near Threatened Vulnerable Vulnerable Endangered Endangered Critically Endangered Critically Endangered
extinct in the wild Extinct in the Wild extinct Extinct
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH
breeds in nh Breeds in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

North African Gundi - Ctenodactylus gundi Least Concern Africa
Val's Gundi - Ctenodactylus vali Africa
Felou Gundi - Felovia vae Africa

  Mzab Gundi - Massoutiera mzabi Least Concern Africa
Speke's Pectinator - Pectinator spekei Least Concern Africa

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Mzab Gundi - Massoutiera mzabi profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Mzab gundis are found in the central Sahara Desert in Algeria, northern Niger, northwestern Chad, northeastern Mali, and southwestern Libya.
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