Coypu (Myocastor coypus)

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Coypu walking across frozen pond
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The coypu is a large species of rodent.
  • Female coypu's give birth to an average of about 5 young, 2 to 3 times a year.
  • Primarily herbivorous, coypu’s mainly eat aquatic vegetation but are known to eat shellfish in certain habitats.
  • Originally from South America, the coypu has been introduced to many places around the world including North America, Asia, and Europe.
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Coypu description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyMyocastoridae
GenusMyocastor (1)

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Coypu status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Coypu walking across frozen pond  
Coypu walking across frozen pond

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