Significance to humans

Both degus and coruros are considered potential agricultural pests. According to Torres-Mura and Contreras, coruros can damage tuberous plants like potatoes, and in their 1975 review, Woods and Boraker suggested that degus cause damage to a variety of cash crops, including orchards, grains, and vineyards.

1. Red viscacha rat (Tympanoctomys barrerae); 2. Chozchoz (Octodontomys gliroides); 3. Viscacha rat (Octomys mimax); 4. Coruro (Spalacopus cyanus); 5. Degu (Octodon degus); 6. Rock rat (Aconaemys fuscus). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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