Scientific name: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. English names: Capybara. Spanish and local names: Chigüire, Chigüiro, Carpincho, Capibara. Learn more about the Capybara – with amazing Capybara videos, photos and facts on Arkive. Abstract. We examined the histology of testes of capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and the relationship among mass of testes, body mass, and the ratio.

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Acute phase protein response in the capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris).

Capybaras can spread their scent further by urinating; however, females usually mark without urinating and scent-mark less frequently than males overall. They are currently listed by the red list of threatened species as Least Concern, which means that for the moment they are not endangered. Journal of Animal Ecology Retrieved on January 23, Communication and Perception Vocalization appears to be very important in capybara groups, but the purpose of many of the sounds made is unknown.

The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Both males and females have two glands on either side of the anus. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris English names: Individuals bark to warn the group of danger, this often results in the whole group rushing into the relative safety of the water. Capybaras have adapted well to urbanization in South America.

Rock Cavy Kerodon rupestris Acrobatic cavy Kerodon acrobata. Retrieved 8 June However, young vocalize almost constantly and vocal communication among adults is also common. The capybara occurs over much of South America, to the east of the Andes, from Colombia and Venezuela south to northern Argentina 1 3 4. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Capybaras are hunted for their meat and pelts in some areas, [34] and otherwise killed by humans who see their grazing as competition for livestock.


The Encyclopedia of MammalsVol. Capybaras can sleep in water, keeping only their noses out of the water. Abstract We examined the histology of testes of capybaras Hydrocjaeris hydrochaeris and the relationship among mass of testes, body mass, and the ratio of seminiferous tubules to interstitial tissue. The living capybaras and their extinct relatives were previously classified in their own family Hydrochoeridae.

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Acute phase protein response in the capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris).

Capybaras are farmed for meat and skins in South America. They lack down fur and lower fur, which means they can get sunburned since hdrochaeris of their skin is exposed.

Although it is illegal in some states[39] capybaras are occasionally kept as pets in the United States. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris capybara Facebook. Capybara Spanish and local names: Its sweat glands can be found in the hydrochaerie of the hairy portions of its skin, an unusual trait among rodents. Presumably, the semiaquatic habit of the capybara convinced early priests that it was similar to fish.

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She was being kept by a group of Christian girls that had kept her on the 5th story of a building in the town of Caranavi. Sign up to our newsletter Get the latest wild news direct to your inbox. The male capybara can be distinguished from the female by the obvious, hydrcohoerus developed scent gland on top of the snout. Fire and grazing are important in the long-term maintenance of grasslands. Vocalization appears to be very important in capybara groups, but the purpose of many of the sounds made is unknown.


The capybara inhabits a variety of lowland habitats close to water, ranging from rivers and lakes in rainforest, to marshes, brackish wetlands, swamps, and seasonally flooded grassland and savanna 2 3 4 5.

Hydrochoeridae; late Miocene of Argentina “. The hide is used to make high-quality leather 5 6for which there is a large internal market within South America 1and the fur may be used to make gloves Behavior and Ecology of Riparian Mammals.

Find out more For further information on the capybara, visit: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Group living appears to be extremely important to capybara survival—without a group, an individual is excluded from most grazing habitat and has no chance of finding a mate, so solitary capybaras are seldom found. A social species, the capybara is typically found in family groups of around 10 to 30 individuals, comprising a dominant male, one or more females which are often relatedyoung hydroxhoerus various ages, and one or more subordinate males.

The capybara is not a threatened species but it is hunted for its meat and hide and also for grease from its thick fatty skinwhich is used in the pharmaceutical trade.

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