Coypu, Myocastor coypus

Overview

Short description of Myocastor coypus, Coypu

The coypu is a large aquatic rodent, resembling a small beaver but with a rounded, not flattened tail.  The fur is coarse and dark brown, with a whitish patch on the muzzle.  Large orange incisor teeth are usually visible.

Description of Myocastor coypus, Coypu status in GB

The coypu was well established in eastern England by the early 1960s, with a peak population of around 200,000, but was finally eradicated in 1989.

Habitat summary: Myocastor coypus, Coypu

GB distribution was extensive along river systems and in wetlands, especially those with large areas of reeds, rushes or other aquatic plants.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial and Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Brazil, Southern South America, Argentina Distrito Federal, Bolivia, Aisén, Antofagasta, Atacama, Biobío, Coquimbo, Desventurados Is., Juan Fernández Is., La Araucania, Los Lagos, Magellanes, Maule, O'Higgins, Santiago, Tarapacá, Valparaíso, Paraguay, Uruguay
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Horsham
Date of first record: 1932

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

September 22nd 2016

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