Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54577

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Tayassuidae
Genus:Tayassu
Genus species:Tayassu pecari

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75-100 cm
Height:44-57.5 cm
Weight:14-30 kg
Identification:The white-lipped peccary is dark brown to black in color. The back of the neck and flanks are black. The lower jaw is white. The large canines of the peccary form a lump under the lip, and coarse hair covers most of the body.
Habitat:Desert scrub, arid woodlands, rainforests
Diet:Omnivore: fruit, leaves, roots, seeds, mushrooms, worms, insects, small vertebrates
Reproduction:White-lipped peccaries mate throughout the year. After a gestation period of 156-162 days, the female gives birth to 1-4 young, with twins being most common.
Peccaries are usually found in mixed, nomadic herds of 5-200 animals. Females are dominant.
Behavior:Most activity occurs at night.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:White-collared peccaries form the largest groups of any South American terrestrial mammal. It is speculated that large groups are formed for a mutual defense system.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Western South America
Date:1965-09 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
White-lipped peccary
Peccaries
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54577