Species: Neochoerus pinckneyi - extinct
Species: Hydrochaeris gaylordi - extinct
Species: Hydrochaeris holmesi - extinct
Species: Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris - extant
Species: Hydrochaeris isthmius - extant
Body Length: estimated 108 cm (6 ft)
Tail Length: vestigal
Pelage: not known but probably coarse and sparse,similar to modern capybara.
Teeth: lower incisors more compressed than in living capybara.
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Prehistoric distribution: Neochoerus pinckneyi: southern U.S, West Indies, Central America, Mexico
Habitat: near fresh water, like modern capybara
Locomotion: Similar anatomy to living capybara implies non-specialized but good swimming ability as well as walking, and occasional trotting, gallopping.
Social Groups: assumed to be gregarious.
Diet: primarily grasses
Predators: most likely medium to large extinct and dogs, teratorns, anaconda.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
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How to cite: Extinct Pinckney's Capybara (Neochoerus pinchkneyi) Fact Sheet. c2009. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ extinctpinckeyscapybara.
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