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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Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Glossary Gestation The state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth. The Brown Reference Group. The capybara reaches sexual maturity at around 12 to 18 months, and may live for up to 10 years in the wild, or to 12 years in captivity 3 4. 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. They are excellent swimmers, and can remain completely submerged for up to five minutes, [11] an ability they use to evade predators.

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Hydochoerus hydrochaeris

However, with its fast growth rate, large size, social lifestyle, cheap diet and high reproductive output, the capybara, if properly managed, is believed to be of great potential for sustainable harvest programmes 2 9.


Hydrochoeridae; late Miocene of Argentina “. They nurse for the first three months of this time. Seminiferous tubules in testes of capybaras developed earlier than interstitial tissue. This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat All adults in a group help defend the territory against intruders, and regularly scent mark the area using secretions from anal scent glands. Cuban small-eared toad Peltophryne empusa.

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

It is the largest living rodent in the world. Within a week, the young can eat grass, but continue to suckle—from hydrrochoerus female in the group—until weaned around 16 weeks.

Sign In or Create an Account. Capybaras live in groups of around 10 adults of both sexes, although groups can range in size from 3 to 30 and larger aggregations often form around water resources during the dry season.

Marshall Cavendish, New York. Large-scale ranching of capybaras has been proposed to curtail illegal hydrochhoerus and the animals have proved easy to domesticate, at least in small numbers.

Classification Kingdom Animalia animals Animalia: They are currently listed by the red list of threatened species as Least Concern, which means that for the moment they are not endangered. They are very tolerant and friendly to other animals, to the point that many birds and even other smaller capybaras like to sit on top of large individuals as if they were moving chairs.

Uydrochoerus on Neotropical Fauna and Environment. The capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. Especially while young, capybaras are an important food source for many large predators, including anacondascaimansjaguarsand humans. Capybara society is relatively stable over the course of time: Its close relatives include guinea pigs and rock cavieshyrdochoerus it is more distantly related to the agoutithe chinchillaand the coypu.


Range number of offspring 2 to 8 Average number of offspring 4 Average gestation period days Average weaning age 3 months Average time to independence 1 years Average age at sexual or reproductive maturity female 18 months Average age at sexual or reproductive maturity male 18 months Young capybaras stay with their parents’ group until they are about a year old. They are super-sized amazon marsh leaf eaters, with a thick snout, long frontal teeth and a big bottom with a vestigial tail.

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

It has been suggested that other seasonally flooded savanna areas, such as the Pantanal of Brazil, have the potential for similar schemes for the sustainable management of this remarkable rodent 9. Capybaras live about 6 years on average and hydrpchaeris many as 10 years in the wild and up to 12 years in captivity.

Retrieved on December 16, American bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus.