Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Tayassuidae


Animals in the family Tayassuidae

Chacoan peccary
Collared peccary
White-lipped peccary
Facts about the family Tayassuidae, the peccaries

Introduction Human utilization of the peccaries is widespread

"And studying peccaries is fascinating - they have such an important role in the ecosystem.

"Peccaries are extremely shy animals.

All of this information on the reproduction and productivity of peccaries is essential for implementing management practices that conserve peccary populations over short and long time-scales (Gottdenker 1998).

de Ecologia, Casilla 933, Osorno, Chile Among the free ranging ungulates of the Nearctic and the Neotropics, the collared peccary, Tayassu tajacu (Tayassuidae), is one of the most important game species for rural hunters.

Description: Peccaries are common to Central and South America.

Koffler Collared peccaries are adaptable to a wide variety of habitats, from deserts to tropical rain forests.

One of the warning sounds used by collared peccaries is a "clack" produced by clashing the canines together.

Peccaries are highly social animals - often scent-marking one another as well as physical territory.

Peccaries are often referred to as wild pigs.

Reproduction:The breeding season for Chacoan peccaries is typically September through January.

Tayassuidae is a pig-like family of animals of the order Artiodactyla, that are found in the south-western USA, south to central Argentina.

The family Tayassuidae is made up of the three species of peccary found from the southwestern United States to Argentina.

The similarity between true pigs and peccaries is an example of convergent evolution resulting from the fact that they both evolved independently to occupy similar ecological niches – omnivorous rooters.

Peccaries are omnivorous but generally prefer roots, seeds, and fruit. (Full text)

Individual peccaries cannot evolve, but the little herd, or population, of peccaries is subject to all the forces of variation and natural selection. (Full text)

But a little herd, or population of peccaries is subject to all the forces of variation and natural selection, and can undergo all the changes in genotypes and phenotypes associated with evolutionary change. (Full text)

(Tayassu pecari) - Mexico Comparisons While Peccaries look similar to pigs, Peccaries are classified in a family of their own because of anatomical differences. (Full text)

Some of the peccaries are radio-tagged, so some radio-tracking will be involved. (Full text)

Habitat: The species prefers the vast primary tropical moist forests, but in some areas white-lipped peccaries are also found in deciduous, montane or thorn forests. (Full text)

There are some purported fossil peccaries from the late Eocene through the late Miocene in Eurasia and Africa; however, allocation of this material to the Tayassuidae is not well accepted. (Full text)

Long-nosed Peccary skeleton from Friesenhahn Cave, Texas Peccaries are members of the artiodactyl family Tayassuidae. (Full text)

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