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SPECIES Hydrochoeris hydrochaeris

Author:Linnaeus, 1766.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 12th ed., 1: 103.
Common Name:Capybara
Type Locality:"Habitat in Surinamo". Cabrera (1961:583) gave Perambuco, Brazil, but see Husson (1978:451) for restriction to Suriname.
Distribution:E Colombia, E Venezuela, the Guyanas and Peru, south through Brazil, Paraguay, NE Argentina, and Uruguay.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc). Locally common and farmed for meat in some areas.
Comments:Reviewed by Mones and Ojasti (1986). Karyotype has 2n=66 and FN=102 (Wurster et al., 1971).
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Synonyms:

    capybara (Pallas, 1766)
    cobaya (Buffon, 1802)
    dabbeni Rovereto, 1914
    irroratus F. Ameghino, 1889
    notalis Hollister, 1914
    uruguayensis C. Ameghino and Roverto, 1914

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