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Diversity of mammals in Bolivia

  • Rainer Hutterer
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Abstract

At present, 4,700 species of extant mammals are recognized in the world, 1,100 of which occur in South America. Bolivia is home to one third of all South American mammal fauna. To date, 319 species of native mammals have been recorded; this number is expected to continue to increase in the future. New species and genera are still being described. Consequently, a complete picture of Bolivia’s mammal fauna is not yet available. A summary of current knowledge is presented.

Keywords

Holocene Excavation Pleistocene Argentina Peru 

Diversidad de mamíferos en Bolivia

Resumen

Actualmente están reconocidas en el mundo 4,700 especies de mamíferos vivientes, de las cuales 1,100 se registran en Suramérica. Bolivia sirve de hogar a una tercera parte de toda la fauna de mamíferos suramericana. Hasta la fecha se han registrado 319 especies de mamíferos autóctonos y se espera que dicha cifra siga aumentando en el futuro. Nuevas especies y géneros están siendo descritos, por lo que aún no es posible ofrecer una imagen completa de la fauna de mamíferos de Bolivia. Se presenta un resumen de los conocimientos acumulados hasta ahora.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Hutterer
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  1. 1.Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander KoenigBonnGermany

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