Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766)

Hidalgo-Mihart, Mircea G., Contreras-Moreno, Fernando M., Jesús-de la Cruz, Alejandro, Juárez-López, Rugieri, Bravata de la Cruz, Yaribeth, Pérez-Solano, Luz A., Hernández-Lara, Carolina, Friedeberg, Diana, Thornton, Dan & Koller-González, Juan M., 2017, Inventory of medium-sized and large mammals in the wetlands of Laguna de Terminos and Pantanos de Centla, Mexico, Check List 13 (6), pp. 711-726: 718

publication ID

http://doi.org/ 10.15560/13.6.711

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766)
status

 

Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766)  

Material examined. Table 2; Figure 13.

Cuniculus paca   is the only cuniculid species in Mexico (Hall 1981). It is a large and stocky rodent with a pig-like body and brown pelage with whitish spots along the sides, which makes it readily distinguishable from any other species in the region ( Reid 2009).

Herpailurus yagouaroundi (É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803)  

Material examined. Table 2. Figure 14.

Herpailurus yaguaroundi   is a small, short-legged, felid with an elongate body and proportionally small head with low, rounded ears. The only felid that could be confused with H. yaguaroundi   is Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771)   . However, the smaller body size, the elongate body and long tail of H. yaguaroundi   prevents confusion. The animals in our study had the most common pelage patterns of the species in the area, chocolate brown to near black phenotype and a rust or reddishbrown color ( Reid 2009). Recently this species has been classified in the genus Puma ( Johnson et al. 2006)   , but we follow Ramirez-Pulido et al. (2014) in keeping the name Herpailurus yaguaroundi   .

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Rodentia

Family

Cuniculidae

Genus

Cuniculus