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Biology, Use and Conservation of an Exceptional Neotropical Species

  • José Roberto Moreira
  • Katia Maria P.M.B. Ferraz
  • Emilio A. Herrera
  • David W. Macdonald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Biology, Ecology and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. José Roberto Moreira, Martin R. Alvarez, Teresa Tarifa, Víctor Pacheco, Andrew Taber, Diego G. Tirira et al.
      Pages 3-37
    3. María Guiomar Vucetich, Cecilia M. Deschamps, María E. Pérez
      Pages 39-59
    4. Guillermo R. Barreto, Rúben D. Quintana
      Pages 83-96
    5. Emilio A. Herrera
      Pages 97-106
    6. Tarcízio A. R. Paula, Nicholas J. Walker
      Pages 107-129
    7. Maria Angélica Miglino, Tatiana Carlesso dos Santos, Claudia Kanashiro, Rosa Helena dos Santos Ferraz
      Pages 131-146
    8. José Roberto Moreira, Helga Wiederhecker, Katia Maria P. M. B. Ferraz, Juanita Aldana-Domínguez, Luciano M. Verdade, David W. Macdonald
      Pages 147-167
    9. Gerardo Rubén Cueto
      Pages 169-184
    10. David W. Macdonald, Emilio A. Herrera
      Pages 185-193
  3. Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Max S. Pinheiro, José Roberto Moreira
      Pages 211-227
    3. Sérgio L. G. Nogueira-Filho, Max S. Pinheiro, Selene S. C. Nogueira
      Pages 229-241
    4. Katia Maria P. M. B. Ferraz, Patrícia Izar, Takechi Sato, Sílvia M. Nishida
      Pages 243-260
    5. Alcester Mendes, Sérgio L. G. Nogueira-Filho
      Pages 261-274
    6. Sérgio L. G. Nogueira-Filho, Selene S. C. Nogueira
      Pages 275-282
    7. José Roberto Moreira, Luciano M. Verdade, Katia Maria P. M. B. Ferraz, David W. Macdonald
      Pages 283-302

About this book


Capybaras are not merely unusual, they are extraordinary. It is widely known that they are the largest living rodent (c. 50kg), but it is less well known that their biology is exceptional in many other regards, as documented in this book, Capybara: Biology, Use and Conservation of an Exceptional Neotropical Species. With a suit of adaptations to a semi-aquatic lifestyle, and a remarkable social system, the capybara is the South American ecological equivalent of the medium-sized ungulates of Africa. Their size, adaptations and habitat make them fascinating in their own right, and a revealing model for studies of the evolution of animal societies. Furthermore, from prehistory to the present day they have been hunted for their meat and skins, and nowadays they are both farmed and harvested, which makes them an illuminating case study for discussions of sustainable use. This blend of attributes makes the capybara a focus of specialist interest and a source of general principles, and these two ends of the readership spectrum are both encompassed by the extraordinary international team of 36 authors that have contributed the 24 inter-disciplinary chapters of this book. Written in an accessible style that will satisfy generalists, practitioners and specialists alike, this book represents the compendious ‘one-stop-shop’ that will be the benchmark publication on capybaras and on neotropical wildlife management for years to come.

Editors and affiliations

  • José Roberto Moreira
    • 1
  • Katia Maria P.M.B. Ferraz
    • 2
  • Emilio A. Herrera
    • 3
  • David W. Macdonald
    • 4
  1. 1.Embrapa Recursos Genéticos e BiotecnologBrasíliaBrazil
  2. 2., Departamento de Ciências FlorestaisUniversidade de São PauloPiracicabaBrazil
  3. 3.Universidad Simón BolívarCaracasVenezuela
  4. 4., Zoology Dept.University of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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