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Cuniculus paca


Taxonavigation: Chinchilloidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Cladus: Synapsida
Cladus: Eupelycosauria
Cladus: Sphenacodontia
Cladus: Sphenacodontoidea
Cladus: Therapsida
Cladus: Theriodontia
Subordo: Cynodontia
Infraordo: Eucynodontia
Cladus: Probainognathia
Cladus: Prozostrodontia
Cladus: Mammaliaformes
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Trechnotheria
Infraclassis: Zatheria
Supercohors: Theria
Cohors: Eutheria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Cladus: Boreoeutheria
Superordo: Euarchontoglires
Ordo: Rodentia
Subordo: Hystricomorpha
Infraordo: Hystricognathi
Parvordo: Caviomorpha
Superfamilia: Chinchilloidea

Familia: Cuniculidae
Genus: Cuniculus
Species (2): C. paca – C. taczanowskii


Cuniculus Brisson, 1762: 98 [conserved name]

  • Type species: Mus paca Linnaeus, 1766, by designation under the Plenary Powers (1998: 64).
  • Gender: masculine.
  • Placed on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology by Opinion 1894 (1998: 65).


  • Agouti Lacépède, 1799: 9
    • Type species: Agouti paca Lacépède, 1799, by monotypy.
    • Placed on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Generic Names in Zoology by Opinion 1894 (1998: 66).
  • Coelogenus F. Cuvier, 1807: 203
    • Type species: Mus paca Linnaeus, 1766, by subsequent designation by Thomas (1924).
  • Coelogenys Illiger, 1811: 92 [emendation of Coelogenus F. Cuvier]
  • Paca Fischer, 1814: 85
  • Caelogenus Fleming, 1822: 192 [incorrect subsequent spelling of Coelogenus F. Cuvier]
  • Osteopera Harlan, 1825: 126
  • Caelogenys Agassiz, 1842: 5 [incorrect subsequent spelling of Coelogenys Illiger]
  • Genyscoelus Liais, 1872: 537 [substitute name for Coelogenus F. Cuvier]
  • Mamcoelogenysus Herrera, 1899: 26 [unjustified renaming of Coelogenys Illiger and unavailable name because it is based on zoological formulae (ICZN 1987:318)]
  • Stictomys Thomas, 1924: 238


Primary references[edit]

  • Brisson, M.J. 1762. Regnum animale in classes IX. Distributum, Sive, Synopsis Methodica, Sistens generalem Animalium distributionem in Classes IX, & duarum primarum Classium, Quadrupedum scilicet & Cetaceorum, particularem divisionem in Ordines, Sectiones, Genera & Species. Cum brevi cujusque Speciei Descriptione, Cicationibus Auctorum de iis tractantium, Nominibus eis ab ipsis & Nationibus impositis, Nominibusque vulgaribus. Theodorum Haak: Lugduni Batavorum. 7 + 296 pp. BHL Reference page
  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 1998. Opinion 1894. Regnum Animale ..., Ed. 2 (M.J. Brisson, 1762): rejected for nomenclatural purposes, with the conservation of the mammalian generic names Philander (Marsupialia), Pteropus (Chiroptera), Glis, Cuniculus and Hydrochoerus (Rodentia), Meles, Lutra and Hyaena (Carnivora), Tapirus (Perissodactyla), Tragulus and Giraffa (Artiodactyla). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 55(1): 64–71. BHL Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Paca
español: Paca
日本語: パカ属
português do Brasil: Paca
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