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Myocastor coypus Molina (coypu)

March 31, 2012

Myocastor coypus (coypu) (Figure 30.1) is a large semi-aquatic rodent native to South America that is now present in all continents, except Oceania and Antarctica, after widespread introductions in the 1930-1940s. There is a division in English speaking countries as to common name usage. In England and former British colonies (i.e. Kenya) they are called "coypus". In North America and Asia they are generally referred to as "nutria". However, it should be noted that in Spanish-speaking countries this name refers to otters (Lutrinae).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Myocastor coypus Molina (coypu)
Authors Sandro Bertolino, Laura Guichon, Jacoby Carter
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70039998
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Wetlands Research Center