Myocastor coypus Molina (coypu)

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Abstract

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).


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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Myocastor coypus Molina (coypu)
Chapter 30
ISBN 9781849712286
Year Published 2012
Publisher Earthscan
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title A handbook of global freshwater invasive species
First page 357
Last page 368