Phonetic: Tel-e-c om-iss.
Named By: Kraglievich - 1926.
Classification: Chordata, Mammalia, Rodentia, Hystricomorpha, Dinomyidae.
Species: T. giganteus, gigantissimus, T. amazonensis?
Size: At least 2 meters long.
Known locations: Brazil - Solimoes Formation.
Time period: Tortonian of the Miocene.
Fossil representation: Partial remains of several individuals.
Telicomys is a genus of very large rodent that lived in Brazil during the Miocene. At a glance, Telicomys looks very similar to genera such as Phoberomys, Josephoartigasia which also lived in South America, though a little bit after Telicomys disappeared. All of these genera are perceived to have had a similar ecological niche as the modern day capybara, though grander in size.
- Los grandes roedores terciarios de la Argentina y sus relaciones con ciertos géneros pleistocenos de las Antillas. - Anales del Museo Nacional de Buenos Aires 34:121-135. - L. Kraglievich - 1926.