|Similar Mountain paca, Muenster yellow‑toothed cavy, Paca, Pacarana, Spiny tree‑rat|
Cuniculus hernandezi is a species of paca that is endemic to the Central Andes in Colombia. Individuals may weigh over 14 pounds (6.4 kg), making C. hernandezi the third-largest rodent species worldwide. The species is very similar to the mountain paca, Cuniculus taczanowskii, but analysis of its mitochondrial DNA revealed that it is a distinct species. The specific epithet honors Colombian biologist Dr. Jorge Hernández Camacho. Héctor Ramírez-Chaves and Sergio Solari, in 2014, considered that the species is not an available name (nomen nudum) according to the rules of the current International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).