Help requested on cavy identification NW Argentina
We have been on a trip in NW Argentina in November. We saw some cavies in several places but we are not sure which species they are. Can you help us?
The first sighting was at Dique Campo Alegre (-24.574398, -65.369444) where there were at least three different animals living among the rocks next to the road towards the dique. Here a photograph of poor quality shot through the front window of the car.
Based on other sightings in the area we first concluded it was a Southern Highland Cavy (Galea musteloides) but after examining the photo we think it could very well be a Montane Guinea Pig (Cavia tschudii). Can anyone tell which species this is?
Furthermore we saw several cavies on a trip to Cuevas Acsibi (east of Seclantas: -25.342, -66.158); they were living in burrows in sparsely vegetated rock desert. We were not able to take photographs of the animals. We could see them well enough to see that they did not belong to any of the mountain cavy species. According to HMW Montane Guinea Pig occurs in the provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Tucuman and Southern Highland Yellow-toothed Cavy only occurs in Jujuy, but according to Inaturalist the area around Cuevas Acsibi belongs tot the possible distribution area of both species. Brazilian Guinea Pig seems not possible based on habitat. Has anyone experience with cavies in this region and can tell us more?
Thanks in advance,