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nutria

(no͞o`trēə) or

coypu

(koi`po͞o), aquatic rodentrodent,
member of the mammalian order Rodentia, characterized by front teeth adapted for gnawing and cheek teeth adapted for chewing. The Rodentia is by far the largest mammalian order; nearly half of all mammal species are rodents.
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, Myocastor coypus, of South America, introduced in the S United States for its fur, which is similar to that of beaver but not as thick or durable. The nutria resembles a small beaver with a ratlike tail. It is up to 25 in. (64 cm) long, excluding the 15-in. (38-cm) sparsely haired, round tail; it has large reddish incisor teeth and partially webbed hind feet. The outer fur is long, coarse, and brown; it is the soft, gray undercoat that is valued commercially. Descendants of nutrias escaped or released from fur farms are now found in much of the United States, especially in swampy regions. They build burrows in banks, with the entrances above water level, and feed on aquatic vegetation, competing with the native muskrat for food. They have seriously damaged marshland ecosystems in southern Louisiana and, to a lesser degree, around the Chesapeake Bay. Nutrias have also established themselves successfully in Europe. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Rodentia, family Capromyidae.

nutria

1. another name for coypu esp the fur
2. a brown colour with a grey tinge
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Food habits and selective foraging of the nutria (Myocastor coypus) in Spring Lake, Hays County, Texas.
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Behind us, under the watchful eye of the Currituck lighthouse, a few teal darted over the marsh grass and a nutria swam slowly along the grass edge, paying no attention to us.
After a reexamination of material previously misconstrued by others, Thatcher and Sousa concluded that a metacestode found in a nutria (Myocastor coypus), a South American rodent that had died in a United States zoo, was the larval stage of E.
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At Weton's (Calle Florida 1045), a gray fox jacket costs $560; a 5-foot silver fox boa $30; a full-length sheared nutria coat $400.
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Therefore, data for woody plants with main stem diameters <1 cm were excluded from analyses because nutria (Myocastor coypus) and swamp rabbits (Sylvilagus aquaticus), known to occur at study sites, forage on small woody saplings (Blair & Lauglinais 1960).
HUNTING Hunting in Zone A has been closed for a while unless you are hunting on private land for raccoons, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk, nutria, rabbit and wild hogs.
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