A capybara family sitting near a river at sunset


Cavies are rodents native to South America whose most familiar member is the guinea pig. Other species in the family include the capybara and the mara.

Scientific name: Caviidae

Rank: Family


Map showing the distribution of the Cavies taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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