Taxon profile


Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782)

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Rodentia - rodents »  family Myocastoridae - coypus »  genus Myocastor

Scientific synonyms

Mus coypus Molina, 1782

Other names

= Coypu

Least Concern


juvenile animal

Myocastor coypus - Nutria

Author: Klaus Rudloff

Myocastor coypus - Nutria

Author: Klaus Rudloff

Myocastor coypus - Nutria

Author: Klaus Rudloff


Myocastor coypus - Nutria

Author: Pavel Zuber

Taxon in country check-lists*

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Similar species

Ondatra zibethicus (Linnaeus, 1766) - Muskrat

Included taxa

Number of records: 5

subspecies Myocastor coypus bonariensis (É. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1806)
subspecies Myocastor coypus coypus (Molina, 1782)
subspecies Myocastor coypus melanops Osgood, 1943
subspecies Myocastor coypus sanctaecruzae Hollister, 1914


breed Myocastor coypus f. domestica - Farm Nutria

Myocastor coypus f. domestica - 000000000001000

Links and literature

EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [305556]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782)]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Myocastor coypus Molina, 1782]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
DE Zootier-Lexikon [281:nutria-myocastor-coypus&Itemid=284]

Dollinger P.: Zootier-Lexikon
Data retrieved on: 21 November 2018
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782)]
EN Šefrová H., Laštůvka Z. (2005): Catalogue of alien animal species in the Czech Republic, Acta univ. agric. et silvic. Mendel. Brun., LIII, No. 4, pp. 151-170 [as Myocastor coypus (Molina, 1782)]
Data retrieved on: 23 December 2018

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