José Rodríguez P.
Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar las características del semen y la morfometría de los espermatozoides del Capibara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. Materiales y métodos. Se utilizaron 10 machos con peso entre 21-45 kg, los cuales fueron restringidos y anestesiados. El semen se obtuvo mediante electroeyaculación y se determinó el color, volumen, pH, motilidad en masa, motilidad individual, viabilidad, concentración y morfología. Se realizaron además mediciones de la cabeza y la cola de los espermatozoides. Resultados. Se obtuvo semen en el 100% (10/10 de los animales. El mayor número de eyaculaciones (80%; 8/10, se obtuvo con un voltaje máximo de 6V. El color fue blanco, de aspecto lechoso, los valores promedio fueron volumen 135.5±93.56 μl, pH 8.14±0.38, motilidad masal 32.60±13.46%, motilidad individual 34±19.81%, viabilidad 51.3±19.42%, concentración espermática 127±59.01x106 espermatozoides/mL y morfología 51.3±19.42 espermatozoides normales. La longitud de la cabeza fue 5.41±0.7 μm, el ancho de la cabeza 3.77±0.5 μm y área de la cabeza 75.66±20.6 μm2. La longitud de la cola fue 27.9±11.3 μm. Conclusiones. La obtención del semen fue satisfactoria mediante electroeyaculación, sin presentar notables diferencias en las características del semen y morfología de los espermatozoides con otros roedores silvestres de menor tamaño, aunque se observó una alta variabilidad de estas características entre los animales muestreados posiblemente por la heterogeneidad de los animales experimentales.
Pezzone, Natalia; Eberhardt, Ayelen T; Fernández, Analia; Garbaccio, Sergio; Zumárraga, Martín; Gioffré, Andrea; Magni, Carolina; Beldomenico, Pablo M; Marini, M Rocío; Canal, Ana M
This report describes the first case of Mycobacterium intracellulare infection with typical granulomatous lesions of mycobacteriosis in a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). The individual was a captive-bred young female, part of the control group of an experimental study on stress. Multiple granulomatous lesions were detected in a mesenteric lymph node of this young female. Mycobacterial infection was confirmed by bacteriologic culture and molecular identification methods. Clinical lesions were characterized by histopathology.
ABSTRACT A 4-year and 2-month-old male capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the buttocks after chronic recurrent dermatosis. The capybara was euthanized, examined by computed tomography and necropsied; the tumor was examined histologically. Computed tomography showed a dense soft tissue mass with indistinct borders at the buttocks. Histological examination of the tumor revealed islands of invasive squamous epithelial tumor cells with a severe desm...
Hamano, Takahisa; Terasawa, Fumio; Tachikawa, Yoshiharu; Murai, Atsuko; Mori, Takashi; El-Dakhly, Khaled; Sakai, Hiroki; Yanai, Tokuma
A 4-year and 2-month-old male capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma on the buttocks after chronic recurrent dermatosis. The capybara was euthanized, examined by computed tomography and necropsied; the tumor was examined histologically. Computed tomography showed a dense soft tissue mass with indistinct borders at the buttocks. Histological examination of the tumor revealed islands of invasive squamous epithelial tumor cells with a severe desmoplastic reaction. Based on the pathological findings, the mass was diagnosed as a squamous cell carcinoma. This is the first study to report squamous cell carcinoma in a capybara.
King, Jay D; Congdon, Elizabeth; Tosta, Carolina
Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are the world's largest rodent. Owing to its uniqueness, 50 AZA institutions in North America display this species. As shown by a survey, no standard anesthetic protocol has been developed for this species. As a part of an ongoing behavioral study in Venezuela, capybaras were surgically implanted with radio transmitters. Animals were randomly assigned to one of the three immobilization protocols: (1) Tiletamine HCl/Zolazepam HCl, (2) Tiletamine HCl/Zolazepam HCl/Medetomidine HCl, and (3) Tiletamine HCl/Zolazepam HCl/Medetomidine HCl/Butorphanol tartrate. The protocol recommended for minimally invasive procedures when inhalant anesthetics are unavailable is a combination of Tiletamine HCl/Zolazepam HCl/Medetomidine HCl/Butorphanol tartrate. This is based on ease of administration, volume, onset of action, depth of anesthetic achieved, reversibility, safety, and costs.
Full Text Available Problem statement: The anatomy of the gross intestine and its mesentery of the capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris have not been described completely. Approach: In the present study, eight adult capybaras were studied using gross dissection. Results: The cecum was the largest part of the intestine and was divided into base, body and apex. The cecocolic fold joined the cecum to the full extent of the proximal loop of ascending colon. The ascending colon was divided into two ansae, one proximal and one distal or spiral. The distal ansa had a spiral arrangement and was placed cranially to the right, covered ventrally by the apex of the cecum. This ansa had a centripetal gyrus to the left, a central flexure and a centrifugal gyrus turning to the right that was continuous with the transverse colon in the right colic flexure. Conclusion: The gross intestine of the capybara was different to other previously studied rodents.
Mol, J P S; Carvalho, T F; Fonseca, A A; Sales, E B; Issa, M A; Rezende, L C; Hodon, M A; Tinoco, H P; Malta, M C C; Pessanha, A T; Pierezan, F; Mota, P M P C; Paixão, T A; Santos, R L
Tuberculosis, associated with Mycobacterium bovis, was diagnosed post mortem in an adult female capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), kept at the Pampulha Ecological Park, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in a large metropolitan area. On post-mortem examination, there were numerous firm white nodules scattered throughout all lobes of both lungs. Tissue samples were collected for histological and microbiological examination. Microscopically, the pulmonary nodules were multifocal to coalescing granulomas and intralesional acid-fast bacilli were evident in Ziehl-Neelsen-stained sections of the lung and spleen. Colonies with morphological features of Mycobacterium spp. were isolated from lung samples and conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with genomic DNA from the isolates was positive for M. bovis; sequencing indicated 100% identity with the region of difference 4 (RD4) of M. bovis. In addition, M. bovis DNA was detected in the lung by quantitative PCR. The finding of M. bovis in a capybara indicates a potential public health risk in a zoological collection.
Full Text Available Quantitative parameters of intestinal helminth species and their potential relations to host characteristics in a population of capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from Venezuela are reported for the first time. The intestines of 40 capybaras were collected during the 1992-annual harvest at Hato El Cedral. Six helminth species were found: 2 cestodes (Monoecocestus macrobursatum, M. hagmanni, 2 nematodes (Viannella hydrochoeri, Protozoophaga obesa, and 2 trematodes (Hippocrepis hippocrepis, Taxorchis schistocotyle. This is the first report for M. macrobursatum in Venezuela. Helminth abundance did not differ between sexes or age classes. Although patterns of distribution for all helminth species were overdispersed, the high prevalence found for all species (over 70% and the high abundance observed for nematodes made it difficult to assess the effect that these helminths may produce on capybaras. Nevertheless, the negative associations found between the body condition of capybaras and helminth intensity for M. macrobursatum and V. hydrochoeri, might be pointing out potential host population regulatory role for these parasites which require further research.
Bernal, Luis; Feser, Mariane; Martínez-Subiela, Silvia; García-Martínez, Juan D; Cerón, José J; Tecles, Fernando
We evaluated the acute phase protein response in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). Three animal groups were used: 1) healthy animals (n=30), 2) a group in which experimental inflammation with turpentine was induced (n=6), and 3) a group affected with sarcoptic scabies (n=14) in which 10 animals were treated with ivermectin. Haptoglobin (Hp), acid-soluble glycoprotein (ASG) and albumin were analyzed in all animals. In those treated with turpentine, Hp reached its maximum value at 2 wk with a 2.7-fold increase, whereas ASG increased 1.75-fold and albumin decreased 0.87-fold 1 wk after the induction of inflammation. Capybaras affected with sarcoptic scabies presented increases in Hp and ASG of 4.98- and 3.18-fold, respectively, and a 0.87-fold decrease in albumin, compared with healthy animals. Haptoglobin and ASG can be considered as moderate, positive acute phase proteins in capybaras because they showed less than 10-fold increases after an inflammatory process and reached their peak concentrations 1 wk after the induction of inflammation. Conversely, albumin can be considered a negative acute phase protein in capybaras because it showed a reduction in concentration after inflammatory stimulus.
Juan Carrascal V.
Full Text Available Objetivo. Describir el comportamiento de la subespecie Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris isthmius en un sistema productivo del departamento de Córdoba, en época seca y de lluvias Materiales y métodos. Se realizaron seguimientos a una población entre los meses de septiembre de 2005 y mayo de 2007 dentro de un sistema agropecuario en el municipio de Valencia, departamento de Córdoba, Colombia, donde se realizaron observaciones comportamentales por medio de los muestreos ad libitum y muestreos instantáneo. Resultados. Se encontró que el Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris isthmius presentó tolerancia a los humanos, mostró un comportamiento social complejo donde se apreciaron diversosmovimientos, actividades y posturas. Se observó que las actividades relacionadas con la reproducción y territorialidad presentaron las frecuencias mas bajas. Conclusiones. El comportamiento del Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris isthmius se caracterizó por ser un sistema social estratificado, mostró una distribución de las actividades comportamentales en periodos del día (mañana, medio día y tarde presentando una estructuración de acuerdo con variables medioambientales. Los patrones comportamentales no presentaron diferencias con relación a las épocas seca y de lluvias.
Abstract: The present work report the finding of the tick species Amblyomma romitii Tonelli Rondelli,1939, in S Francisco do Guaporcity, west of Rondia state, in the mesoregion Madeira-Guapor The specimen was found in a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) found dead on a farm in the region.Keywords: parasitism, Amblyomma, Rondônia, capybara
R. T. Kemper
Full Text Available Abstract: The present work report the finding of the tick species Amblyomma romitii Tonelli Rondelli,1939, in S Francisco do Guaporcity, west of Rondia state, in the mesoregion Madeira-Guapor The specimen was found in a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris found dead on a farm in the region.Keywords: parasitism, Amblyomma, Rondônia, capybara
García-Esponda, César M; Candela, Adriana M
The caviomorph species Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Cavioidea), or capybara, is the largest living rodent. This species is widely distributed, from northern South America to Uruguay and eastern Argentina, inhabiting in a wide variety of densely vegetated lowlands habitats in the proximity of water. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris not only runs with agility, like other members of the Cavioidea, but it can also swim and dive easily. For these reasons, it has been classified as a cursorial as well as semiaquatic species. However, comprehensive anatomical descriptions of the osteology and myology of the capybara are not available in the literature and analyses on its swimming abilities are still required. We hypothesize that some of the characters of the hindlimb of H. hydrochaeris could reveal a unique morphological arrangement associated with swimming abilities. In this study, an anatomical description of the hindlimb musculature of H. hydrochaeris, and a discussion of the possible functional significance of the main muscles is provided. In addition, we explore the evolution of some myological and osteological characters of the capybara in the context of the cavioids. We concluded that most of the muscular and osteological features of the hindlimb of H. hydrochaeris are neither adaptations to a specialized cursoriality, nor major modifications for an aquatic mode of life. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris share several features with other cavioids, being a generalized cursorial species in the context of this clade. However, it shows some adaptations of the hindlimb for enhancing propulsion through water, of which the most notable seems to be the shortening of the leg, short tendons of most muscles of the leg, and a well-developed soleus muscle. These adaptations to a semiaquatic mode of life could have been acquired during the most recent evolutionary history of the hydrochoerids.
Etologia de capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 jovens semi-confinadas no Norte do Estado do Paraná - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v27i1.1262 Young semi-confined capibaras ethology (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 in the north of state of Paraná - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v27i1.1262
Denise Nunes Araujo
Full Text Available Entre os dias 27 de agosto e 24 de setembro de 2001 estudou-se o comportamento de capivaras jovens em semiconfinamento no Distrito de Floriano, Estado do Paraná. Um grupo de nove animais foi alojado em um piquete com acesso a banhos de imersão durante todo o experimento, enquanto o outro permaneceu sem acesso a tal recurso. Os dados climáticos foram registrados a cada hora. Não foram verificadas diferenças no comportamento entre os tratamentos, sugerindo a possibilidade de piquetes sem piscina para capivaras em crescimento e em regime de semiconfinamento. Em casos de insuficiência de sombra para a proteção da radiação solar, o recurso “piscina” tem grande importância no alívio do estresse calórico. Os comedouros dispostos de forma linear foram os maiores estressores no manejo dos animais. Pela escassez de pesquisas com Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris em regime de produção, as discussões deste trabalho tiveram como comparativos pesquisas realizadas com animais em habitat naturalThe young semi-confined capibaras behavior was studied from 27th August to 24th September, in 2001, in Floriano - Paraná State, Brazil. A group of nine capibaras was placed in confinement in a picket to have dips during all the experience, while another group of animals had no access to such dips. Weather conditions were registered every hour. There was no difference regarding the animals’ behavior during the treatment, which suggests the possibility of pickets with no pools for grown-up semi-confined capibaras. When there is no shadow against sun irradiation, the ‘pool’ has great importance for the relief of caloric stress. The feeding places, which were arranged linearly, caused great stress on the animals’ handling. This work was based on research with animals in their natural habitat due to the scarcity of research concerning the breeding of Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
Ortiz, Julio O; Rodríguez-Lanetty, Mauricio; Bubis, José
Polypeptides of approximately 39, 36 and capybara T showed light-dependent beta,gamma-imido-guanosine 5'-triphosphate (GMPPNP) binding and GTPase activities in the presence of bovine rhodopsin, was recognized by anti-bovine T polyclonal antibodies, and was ADP-ribosylated by pertussis toxin. Capybara T bound GMPPNP with an apparent Kd of 18 nM, and the Scatchard and Hill plots revealed positive cooperativity for binding to photoactivated rhodopsin. Using a coupled enzymatic spectrophotometric assay, the initial velocity of its intrinsic light-dependent GTP hydrolytic capacity was calculated to be 0.1 mol of GTP hydrolyzed/min/mol of capybara T. Additionally, chromatography on omega-amino octylagarose of GTPgammaS-extracted capybara T demonstrated that this protein is composed by two functional units, the alpha-subunit and the betagamma-complex. All these results showed that capybara T possesses similar characteristics to other reported transducins. Interestingly, T is the first protein involved in phototransduction that is purified and characterized from H. hydrochaeris.
George R. Albuquerque
Full Text Available Two eimerid coccidia are reported in a capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris population kept in captivity in the south of Bahia, northeastern Brazil (14º 47' 57.89"S and 39º 10' 10.58" W. Oocysts of Eimeria ichiloensis are subspheroidal to ellipsoidal, 26.2 x 21.7mm with bi-layered wall, the outer yellow and sculptured and the inner, dark and smooth. Residuum is absent, but usually 2-3 polar granules are present. Sporocysts are ovoid, 12.0 x 7.6mm. Stieda body and sporocyst residuum are present. Oocysts of Eimeria trinidadensis are subspheroidal to ellipsoidal, 22.2 x 19.6mm with bi-layered wall, the outer yellow and smooth, and the inner dark and smooth. Residuum is absent, but one polar granule is present. Sporocysts are ovoid, 11.0 x 6.9mm. Stieda body and sporocyst residuum are present. Based on these descriptions and previous ones it can be concluded that these coccidea species are widely dispersed in capybaras in South America.Duas espécies de Eimeria foram relatadas em capivaras Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris cativas no sul da Bahia, nordeste do Brasil (14º 47' 57.89"S and 39º 10' 10.58" W. Os oocistos de Eimeria ichiloensis são sub-esferoidais a elipsoidais, 26,2 x 21,7mm. Apresentam parede dupla, sendo a externa amarela e esculpida e a interna, escura e lisa. Resíduo está ausente, mas usualmente 2-3 grânulos polares estão presentes. Os esporocistos são ovóides, 12,0 x 7,6mm. Corpo de Stieda e resíduo do esporocisto estão presentes. Oocistos de Eimeria trinidadensis são sub-esferoidais a elipsoidais, 22,2 x 19,6mm. Apresentam parede dupla, sendo a externa amarela e lisa e a interna, escura e lisa. Resíduo está ausente, mas um grânulo polar está presente. Os esporocistos são ovóides, 11,0 x 6,9mm. Corpo de Stieda e resíduo do esporocisto estão presentes. Baseado nestas descrições e em descrições prévias foi possível concluir que estas espécies estão amplamente dispersas em capivaras na América do Sul.
Da Silva, Aleksandro Schafer; Krawczak, Felipe da Silva; Soares, João Fabio; Klauck, Vanderlei; Pazinato, Rafael; Marcili, Arlei; Labruna, Marcelo Bahia
In South America, capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) as well as coatis (Nasua nasua) are the reservoir hosts of Trypanosoma evansi. Capybaras from a T. evansi nonendemic area in the State of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil, were culled because of an ongoing outbreak of Brazilian spotted fever; serum samples from these capybaras were tested for antibodies to T. evansi. Of the 172 sera tested, 17 (9.9%) were seropositive by card agglutination test, with antibody titers of 1:8-1:128; 14 (8.1%) of these 17 seropositive sera were also seropositive by indirect fluorescent antibody test, with antibody titers of 1:16-1:256. Both serologic techniques proved to be efficient, with similar results for detection of antibodies to T. evansi in capybaras from a nonendemic area in Brazil.
Ramirez Perilla Jaime
Full Text Available Fueron estudiados el tiempo de adaptación y las distancias interindividuales de 9 chigüiros subadultos y 19 juveniles mantenidos en cautividad, por separado, en encierros
contiguos de 5 x 9 m. cada uno, dentro de una porqueriza. La dependencia y tolerancia a la presencia humana fué total a las 8 semanas en los juveniles y más pronto en los subadultos (2 semanas. La conducta agresiva es mayor en comederos adyacentes y semicirculares que en los separados linealmente unos de otros. El 49.77% de las veces los individuos juveniles realizan todas las actividades a menos de 0.5 m. mientras que sólo el 34.83 % de los subadultos lo hacen a la misma distancia. Es posible encontrar el 77.59% de las veces a cualquier individuo subadulto a una distancia mínima de entre 0.0 y 1.5 m. de otro, mientras que los juveniles lo están el 84% de las veces. Del estudio se deduce que los chigüiros se adaptan fácilmente al cautiverio y toleran altas densidades.Time of adaptation to human presence and interindividual distances of subadults and 19 juvenile capybaras (H. hydrochaeris, separately mantained in captivity in 5 x 9 m. pens, were studied. Dependence and tolerance to human presence was maximun within 8 weeks for the juveniles and within less than 2 weeks for the subadults. The agressive
behaviour is more frequent in adyacent and semicircular feeders than in those lineally separated. The 49.77% of the times (N =424, juveniles individuals carried out their activities in less than 0.5 m., whereas only 34.83 % of the subadults did it at the same distance. It is possible to find any subadult individual 77.5% of the time at a minimun interindividual distance ranging between 0.0 and 1.5 m., whereas for the juveniles the possibility is 84% of the time. From the study is easily established that the capybaras
are readily adaptable to captivity and tolerate rather high densities.
Gisele A. Felix
Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate carcass and meat characteristics of free-living capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from agricultural areas of Grande Dourados, MS, Brazil. Carcass weight, yield and measures, as well as of commercial cuts weight of five animals (2 males and 3 females, body weight between 63.4-100 kg were determined. The following parameters: moisture, protein, fat, ash, Ca, P and Fe, water holding capacity, cooking losses, shear force and color Instrumental color in CIE-Lab coordinates were determined to meat cuts (Loin, ribs, L. dorsi, chuck/brisket, ham and bottom sirloin. The dressing percentage average value was 62.47% of body weight and cold carcass yield was 57.89% of body weight, with no difference between sexes. The mean percentage of cold loss was 4.10%. Cuts yielding (ribs 24.98% and ham 27.29% were not statistically different (P>0.05. There was no significantly (P> 0.05 difference between the moisture, protein and minerals content between the different cuts, but lipids content was significantly (P< 0.05 lower in loin. The results shown that free-living capybara have characteristics appropriate for commercialization, thus it is possible to development projects for the sustainable management of rural populations.
Meireles, Marcelo Vasconcelos; Soares, Rodrigo Martins; Bonello, Fábio; Gennari, Solange Maria
A total of 145 capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) fecal samples from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, were screened for Cryptosporidium spp. oocysts using the malachite green method. Eight samples (5.52%) showed positive results and were further submitted to nested PCR reaction for amplification of fragments of 18S rRNA gene and 60-kDa glycoprotein gene for determination of species, alleles and subtypes of Cryptosporidium. Sequencing of the PCR products of the 18S rRNA gene fragments and 60-kDa glycoprotein gene fragments showed that for both genes all Cryptosporidium isolates from capybara were respectively 100% genetically similar to a bovine isolate of C. parvum and to C. parvum subtype IIaA15G2R1. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of Cryptosporidium infection in this rodent. The finding of zoonotic C. parvum infection in a semi-aquatic mammal that inhabits anthroponotic habitats raises the concern that human water supplies may be contaminated with zoonotic Cryptosporidium oocysts from wildlife.
Valores hematológicos de capivaras (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris criadas em cativeiro no município de Botucatu, SP Hematological values of captive capybara (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris in Botucatu county, São paulo, SP, Brazil
Maid Eliane Arouca
Full Text Available Utilizaram-se onze capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, cinco machos e seis fêmeas, sadias, com dois anos de idade, criadas em regime de cativeiro na Fazenda Experimental Lageado da FMVZ - UNESP de Botucatu - SP, submetidas à anestesia dissociativa com midazolam e quetamina, para o estabelecimento de valores hematológicos. Este estudo compreendeu a determinação dos valores normais de eritrograma, leucograma, proteína plasmática total e fibrinogênio.Os valores médios encontrados para machos e fêmeas foram, respectivamente, 3,62 e 3,71x10(6/mil para eritrócitos, 15,0 e 15,4g/dl para hemoglobina, 48 e 49% para volume globular, 4630 e 5200/mil para leucócitos, 6,3 e 6,4g/dl para proteína plasmática total e 240 e 316,6mg/dl para fibrinogênio. Observou-se, desse modo, a ausência de diferenças entre os sexos.Eleven healthy capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from the Experimental Farm Lageado - FMVZ - UNESP - Botucatu, SP - Brazil, were used in order to determine the hematological values, under Midazolan and Ketamine anesthesia. This study included the determination of normal eritrogram, leucogram, total plasmatic protein and fibrinogen values. The mean values for males and females were red cell 3.62 and 3.71x10(6/mul, hemoglobin 15.0 and 15.4g/dl, PCV 48 and 49%, white cell 4630 and 5200/mul, total plasmatic protein 6.3 and 6.4mg/dl and fibrinogen 240 and 316.6mg/dl, respectively. Diference among sex was not found.
Prevalence of antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum in capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, from São Paulo State, Brazil
Little is known about the importance of capybara. Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, as reservoirs for parasites of zoonotic or veterinary importance. Sera from 63 capybaras, from 6 counties in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, were examined for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruel, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Sarcacystis neurona, and Neospora caninum using an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. Five (8%) of the 63 capybaras had antibodies to T cruzi epimastigotes. None of the sampl...
Daniela S. Fernandez
Full Text Available Para realização do estudo microscópico das glândulas anexas à uretra masculina, foram utilizadas duas capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrocaeris, adultas, das quais foram coletados fragmentos das glândulas genitais acessórias, imersos em solução fixadora de Bouin e lavados cuidadosamente em álcool de 70% ao absoluto. A seguir foram submetidos aos processos histológicos de rotina e corados pelos métodos de Hematoxilina/Eosina e Tricrômico de Masson. Os resultados morfológicos encontrados foram: o ducto deferente possui um espessamento da parede, onde a luz permanece inalterada e sem presença de epitélio granular. A glândula vesicular possui um epitélio secretor do tipo pseudoestratificado colunar. A glândula prostática possui mucosa com pregueamentos altos e ramificados, revestido por epitélio pseudoestratificado cilíndrico. Machos de capivaras possuem glândulas vesiculares e próstata como glândulas uretrais. No material examinado não foi identificado epitélio secretor correspondente a glândula bulbouretral e morfologicamente assemelha-se aos outros histricomorfos.To perform a microscopic study of the glands attached to the male urethra, we used two adult capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrocaeris from which fragments of the urethral glands were collected, immersed in Bouin's fixative solution, washed thoroughly with 70% to absolute alcohol, submitted to routine histological techniques and stained with hematoxylin/eosin and Masson's trichromic method. The morphological findings were: Vas deferens has a thickening of the wall without granular epithelium and with unchanged lumen; the vesicular gland has a secretory epithelium of pseudostratified columnar type; the prostate gland has a high and ramified mucous membrane covered with pseudostratified cylindrical epithelium. Male capybaras have vesicular, prostate as urethral glands. In the material examined, no secretory epithelium corresponding to bulbourethral glands was identified
Tarcízio Antônio Rego de Paula
Full Text Available Biometric aspects of the body were analyzed, as well as some aspects of the small intestine of the capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris wild species, particularly those that have been provoking economic interest in meat and leather production. Data such as age, corporal weight and length and thoracic perimeter and height were analyzed. Significant correlations were found between the age and the crown-rump (CR and snout-rump (SR corporal lengths, and between the corporal weight and the parameters of corporal length, thoracic perimeter and height, so that the age and the corporal weight could be obtained starting from more accessible biometric parameters, relative to corporal measurement. Most of the correlations were more significant in the male animals, especially the correlations between the corporal weight and the parameters CR length, thoracic perimeter and height, as well as the correlation among CR length and thoracic height and perimeter, suggesting the existence of possible sexual dimorphism. In relation to the small intestine, estimates were made of the length and volumetric capacity totals as well as those of its individual segments. The capybara possesses a small intestine that is relatively long, about five times longer than the corporal length, and with a volumetric capacity that is relatively high, representing 6.7% of the corporal weight.
Marco Túlio David das Neves
Full Text Available The rodent capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris has become a new protein source for the population, but it needs studies regarding its anatomy, mainly on its digestive physiology, since this aspect has a direct influence on improvements to species production. Studies have shown that the caecum is the largest of intestinal organs in this rodent and it presents the greatest capacity in relation to the other animals. For the purpose of the current study, 15 animals were divided into two groups: G1, consisting of 4 animals less than 12 months of age, and G2 consisting of 11 animals over 12 months of age. The following biometrical parameters were obtained: body weight, crown-rump length, thoracic perimeter, lengths of the small intestine, large intestine and caecum, volume of the caecum and the average weight of the eyes’ bulb lenses that determined the age of the animals. The measures of the capybara’s caecum were correlated with different morphologic and biometric aspects of this animal in different phases of growth, from birth to the adult stage. Most parameters revealed an increase when comparing the group of young animals with the adults ones, with the exception of the caecum volume that only presented significant growth within the first group. Positive correlation was only identified between the parameters for weight and CCR. It was verified that body growth persists after puberty, with the intestinal development occurring at low intensity in comparison with the young animals.
Prevalence of antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum in Capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, from São Paulo State, Brazil.
Valadas, Samantha; Gennari, Solange Maria; Yai, Lucia Eiko Oishi; Rosypal, Alexa C; Lindsay, David S
Little is known about the importance of capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, as reservoirs for parasites of zoonotic or veterinary importance. Sera from 63 capybaras, from 6 counties in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, were examined for antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania infantum, Encephalitozoon cuniculi, Sarcocystis neurona, and Neospora caninum using an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test. Five (8%) of the 63 capybaras had antibodies to T. cruzi epimastigotes. None of the samples from capybara reacted positively with L. infantum promastigotes or with spores of E. cuniculi . Two (3%) of the serum samples were positive for antibodies to S. neurona merozoites, and 2 (3%) of the serum samples were positive for antibodies to N. caninum tachyzoites. A serum sample from 1 capybara was positive for antibodies to both T. cruzi and N. caninum. None of the remaining 62 samples reacted with more than 1 parasite.
Juliana Aizawa Porto de Abreu
Full Text Available Abstract Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris are the largest rodents found in South America. The aim of the present study was to investigate the occurrence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii and anti-Neospora caninum antibodies in 170 free-living capybaras in a residential park area in Itu Municipality, São Paulo State, Brazil. Serum samples were tested by indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT for T. gondii (IFAT ≥ 1:16 and N. caninum (IFAT ≥ 1:50. Among the 170 samples analyzed, 10% (17/170 and 0% (0/170 were seropositive for T. gondii and N. caninum, respectively. This study confirms the widespread presence of T. gondii and reinforces the role of capybaras in the life cycle of this parasite. Capybaras may not be important as intermediate hosts of N. caninum in the studied environment.
Soroprevalência da infecção leptospiral em capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris abatidas em um frigorífico do Rio Grande do Sul Seroprevalence of leptospiral infection in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris in a slaughterhouse of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Éverton F. Silva
Full Text Available Capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris são roedores selvagens do continente americano com crescente importância comercial como fonte alternativa de carne para o consumo humano. Nessa espécie, os estudos sobre a soroprevalência da infecção leptospiral são escassos e restritos aos espécimes de vida livre. Relatamos aqui reações positivas para anticorpos aglutinantes anti-leptospiras em 27,3% (6/22 das capivaras abatidas em um frigorífico do Rio Grande do Sul. Os níveis mais altos de anticorpos sugerem infecção pelo sorogrupo Australis devido à reação para uma cepa de referência do sorovar Bratislava e para um isolado canino local do sorovar Australis, caracterizado como Leptospira noguchii. Esses resultados ressaltam que considerável parcela de capivaras criadas em cativeiro podem funcionar como reservatório de leptospiras patogênicas e chamam atenção para o risco ocupacional dos trabalhos que envolvem a criação e o abate dessa espécie animal.Capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris are wild rodents from the American Continent with increasing importance as a commercial alternative source of meat for human consumption. Studies on seroprevalence for leptospiral infection are scarce and restricted to free living capybaras. We report detection of agglutinating antibodies against leptospires in 27% (6/22 of all animals in a slaughterhouse from Rio Grande do Sul. The highest antibody titers predicted Australis as the infecting serogroup due to reactions against a reference strain of serovar Bratislava and a canine local isolate of serovar Australis, characterized as Leptospira noguchii. The data presented in this report highlight that a considerable fraction of capybaras in captivity may behave as reservoir for pathogenic leptospires emphasizing the occupational risk of those who deal with animal farming and slaughter.
Gastrintestinal helminths of capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris from the Paiaguás subregion, in the floodplain of “Mato Grosso do Sul”, Brazil/ Helmintos gastrintestinais de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris na sub-região de Paiaguás, Pantanal do Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil
Isaú Gouveia Arantes
Full Text Available Six nematode, three cestode and five trematode species were identified in 30 capybara specimens (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766. The species of greater prevalence were: Protozoophaga obesa (96.66%, Viannella hydrochoeri (93.33%, Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata (90.0%, F.I. P. obesa (80.0%, Taxorchis schistocotyle (76.66%, Hippocrepis hippocrepis (70.0%, Capillaria hydrochoeri (63.33%, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema (60.0%, Strongyloides chapini (56.66%, Monoecocestus macrobursatum (56.66%, F.I. Monoecocestus (46.66%, M. hydrochoeri (23.33% and M. hagmani (23.33%. On the other hand, Trichostrongylus axei, Neocotyle neocotyle, Nudacotyle valdevaginatus and N. tertius occurred at lower levels. The total of helminths identified in the 30 animals was of 236,097 being verified 110 (0.05% specimens in the stomach, 49,240 (20.85% in the small intestines, 186,747 (79.10% in the large intestines. The higher intensity variation were obtained by P. obesa, F.I. P. obesa, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema; V. hydrochoeri, S. chapini e N. valdevaginatus, with a mean of 3,900.0 (04-20,885, 2,958.1 (40-18,130, 689.7 (05-7,515, 601.5 (10-4,585, 765.3 (05-4,055 and 1,270.0 (0-1,270 worms per animal, respectively. V. hydrochoeri and S. chapini are the most pathogenic species, with clinical and subclinical parasitosis in capybara.Em trinta espécimes de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766 foram identificadas seis espécies de nematódeos, três de cestódeos e cinco de trematódeos. As espécies de maior prevalência foram: Protozoophaga obesa (96,66%, Viannella hydrochoeri (93,33%, Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata (90,0%, F.I. P. obesa (80,0%, Taxorchis schistocotyle (76,66%, Hippocrepis hippocrepis (70,0%, Capillaria hydrochoeri (63,33%, F.I. (Viannella + Hydrochoerisnema (60,0%, Strongyloides chapini (56,66%, Monoecocestus macrobursatum (56,66%, F.I. Monoecocestus (46,66%, M. hydrochoeri (23,33% e M. hagmanni (23
Pablo G. Rimoldi
Full Text Available El carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris es el roedor actual más grande del mundo y uno de los mamíferos típico de las Provincias Fitogeográficas Pampeana y del Espinal, habitando todo el sector Este de las mismas. Estas regiones han sido categorizadas por la World Wildlife Foundation (WWF como áreas "en peligro crítico/ amenazada", y se les asigna el nivel de máxima prioridad de conservación como consecuencia de la destrucción de hábitat, la sobreexplotación, la contaminación y la introducción de especies exóticas. El carpincho presenta una preferencia marcada por los ambientes con abundancia de cuerpos de agua donde la vegetación palustre le proporciona alimento y refugio. De esta forma, tanto los cuerpos de agua como la vegetación asociada es determinante para la prevalescencia de poblaciones de carpinchos en un ambiente determinado. Para la provincia de Santa Fe los registros no son muy abundantes, registrándose hasta la actualidad unos 33 puntos de colecta/observación, la gran mayoría ubicados en el centro y norte de la provincia. El objetivo de la presente contribución es presentar nuevos registros de presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en la cuenca del río Carcarañá (sur de la provincia de Santa Fe, y su asociación con algunas variables climático-ambientales y evaluar la distribución de esta especie. Finalmente, se discute la posible expansión o migración de este especie hacia el oeste de esta provincia y de la provincia de Buenos Aires.
Feeding associations between capybaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus (Mammalia, Hydrochaeridae and birds in the Lami Biological Reserve, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Associações alimentares entre capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus (Mammalia, Hydrochaeridae e aves na Reserva Biológica do Lami, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Ana C. Tomazzoni
Full Text Available Feeding associations between capybaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 and some bird species were registered in the Lami Biological Reserve, southern Brazil, through observations in a set of transects established in the five major vegetation types of the study area: shrubby and herbaceous swamps, wet grasslands, sandy grasslands and forests. Data included: date and time, vegetation type, bird species, number of individuals (birds and capybaras, type of prey consumed, foraging strategy of the birds and the behavior of the capybaras in relation to the presence of birds. Five species of birds were registered: Caracara plancus (Miller, 1777, Furnarius rufus (Gmelin, 1788, Machetornis rixosus (Vieillot, 1819, Milvago chimachima (Vieillot, 1816 and Molothrus bonariensis (Gmelin, 1789. The interactions were observed in the shrubby swamp (M. bonariensis, forest (C. plancus and wet grassland (F. rufus, M. rixosus, M. chimachima. The foraging strategies were: (1 use of the capybara as a perch, hunting from its back (M. rixosus, M. bonariensis; (2 use of the capybara as a beater, hunting in the ground (F. rufus, M. rixosus, M. bonariensis; (3 foraging in the skin of the capybara, by picking the ectoparasites (C. plancus, F. rufus, M. chimachima. Strategies (1 and (2 were employed to catch arthropods flushed from the vegetation. Sometimes, capybaras lay down and exposed the abdomen and lateral areas of their bodies to facilitate cleaning by M. chimachima, but the presence of other bird species seemed to be neutral to capybaras.Foram registradas associações alimentares entre capivaras Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 e aves na Reserva Biológica do Lami, sul do Brasil, por meio de observações em um conjunto de transecções estabelecidas nos cinco principais tipos de vegetação existentes na área: banhado arbustivo, banhado herbáceo, campo úmido, campo arenoso e mata. As informações coletadas foram: data, horário, tipo de vegeta
K. B. Barragán
Full Text Available A través de una revisión bibliográfica, se realizó una aproximación diagnóstica de la producción y comercialización de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela y Colombia. Se determinaron los factores que afectan la producción y comercializaciónde la especie, y mediante un análisis de conglomerados basado en lainformación correspondiente al sistema productivo, se identificaron seis grupos de sistemas, que responden a las similitudes en aspectos relevantes de cada región, como los diferentes sistemas de uso del chigüiro, desde la caza comercial hasta la zoocría en cautiverio, las condiciones de desarrollo tecnológico y de manejo de la especie. Alrealizar el análisis de los aspectos de comercialización, se identificaron cuatro grupos,los cuales corresponden a las similitudes entre productos comercializados, legalidad de la comercialización y existencia de cadenas de mercadeo. Específicamente para Colombia,se realizaron encuestas y talleres con algunos actores involucrados con el uso de la especie, aplicando la matriz tipo Vester para identificar la problemática y priorizarla. Se establecieron como problemáticas principales la falta de personal especializado, eldeficiente acompañamiento institucional y la rigidez de la legislación en lo referente a las plantas de sacrificio y a la comercialización de productos. Por último, se identificaronlíneas de acción que se deben desarrollar para lograr establecer un sistema de aprovechamiento, que ofrezca garantías para el uso, comercialización y conservación de la especie en el país.
V. A. Montoya
Full Text Available A través de una revisión bibliográfica, se realizó una aproximación diagnóstica de la producción y comercialización de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris en Brasil, Argentina, Venezuela y Colombia. Se determinaron los factores que afectan la producción y comercialización de la especie, y mediante un análisis de conglomerados basado en la información correspondiente al sistema productivo, se identificaron seis grupos de sistemas, que responden a las similitudes en aspectos relevantes de cada región, como los diferentes sistemas de uso del chigüiro, desde la caza comercial hasta la zoocría en cautiverio, las condiciones de desarrollo tecnológico y de manejo de la especie. Al realizar el análisis de los aspectos de comercialización, se identificaron cuatro grupos, los cuales corresponden a las similitudes entre productos comercializados, legalidad de la comercialización y existencia de cadenas de mercadeo. Específicamente para Colombia, se realizaron encuestas y talleres con algunos actores involucrados con el uso de la especie, aplicando la matriz tipo Vester para identificar la problemática y priorizarla. Se establecieron como problemáticas principales la falta de personal especializado, el deficiente acompañamiento institucional y la rigidez de la legislación en lo referente a las plantas de sacrificio y a la comercialización de productos. Por último, se identificaron líneas de acción que se deben desarrollar para lograr establecer un sistema de aprovechamiento, que ofrezca garantías para el uso, comercialización y conservación de la especie en el país.
Ocorrência de Trichuris spp. Roederer, 1761 em capivaras (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris L., 1766 em área de exploração pecuária na região do Banhado do Taim, município de Rio Grande, RS, Brasil Occurence of Trichuris spp. Roederer, 1761 in capybaras (Hydrochoerus Hydrochaeris L., 1766 in farm area in the "Banhado do Taim" region, county of Rio Grande, RS, Brazil
Afonso Lodovico Sinkoc
Full Text Available Trichuris spp. Roederer, 1761 (Nematoda: Trichuridae foi coletado pela primeira vez em capivaras selvagens em uma área de exploração pecuária na região do Banhado do Taim, Município de Rio Grande, Estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Brasil. Foi encontrado um total de 439 espécimes deste nematódeo em 12 de 24 animais examinados. A intensidade média e a abundância encontradas foram 36,58 e 18,29, respectivamente. A intensidade de parasitismo variou de dois a 249 espécimes por animal parasitado. A intensidade média de infecção diferiu significativamente entre animais jovens e adultos, com valores mais elevados para jovens. Este relato caracteriza a capivara como um novo hospedeiro para este gênero de nematoda.Trichuris spp. Roederer, 1761 was collected for the first time in wild capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris living in afarm area in the "Swamp region of Taim ", county of Rio Grande, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Two morphological distincts species were observed. A total of 439 specimes of this nematode were found in 12 of 24 examined animals, the mean intensity and abundance found were 36.58 and 18.29 respectively. The intensity found ranged from two to 249 specimes per host infected. The mean intensity of infection showed values significantlly different betwen young and adults animals, with higher values in youngs animals. This capybaras constitute a new host to this genus of nematoda.
Tarcízio Antônio Rego de Paula
Full Text Available This study aimed at the qualitative and quantitative characterization of the different intertubular tissue components in adult male capybara. Testes of 15 adult capybaras from a commercial slaughterhouse of wild animals were used. The average percentage of Leydig cells was 32.95 ± 10.03 %, whereas in the other components of the intertubular space it was 14.95 ± 4.79 %, thus the whole intertubular space totalized 47.91 ± 11.48 %. The average weight of the testes were 32.83 ± 4.78g, while the animals' body weight were around 52.37 kg and the gonadosomatic and leydigosomatic indexes were 0.125 ± 0.02% and 0.0411 ± 0.0148% respectively. It was concluded that the leydigosomatic index of the capybaras was lower than the one observed in rats, as well as the arrangement of the components in intertubular tissue was similar to pattern I of Fawcett's classification as was found in guinea-pigs and chinchillas.Objetivou-se com esta pesquisa caracterizar qualitativamente e quantitativamente os diferentes componentes do tecido intertubular de capivaras machos adultas. Utilizou-se testículos de 15 capivaras adultas, provenientes de um abatedouro comercial de animais silvestres. Encontrou-se um percentual médio de células de Leydig de 32,95+10,03%, dos demais componentes do espaço intertubular de 14,95+4,79% e um total de espaço intertubular de 47,91+11,48%. O peso médio dos testículos foi de 32,83+4,78g, o peso corporal dos animais foi em torno de 52,37kg e os índices gonadossomático e leydigossomático foram, respectivamente, 0,125+0,02% e 0,0411+0,0148%. Concluiu-se que o índice leydigossomático das capivaras é menor que o observado em ratos e que o arranjo dos componentes do tecido intertubular é semelhante ao descrito como padrão tipo I da classificação de Fawcett, similar ao encontrado em cobaios e chinchilas.
Mariângela Lozano Cruz
Full Text Available Neste experimento objetivou-se avaliar diferentes técnicas anestésicas em capivaras. Foram utilizadas 50 capivaras, sendo 23 machos e 27 fêmeas, adultas, de peso médio estimado em 36 ± 7kg. Foram realizados 3 grupos experimentais: G1(n=20 - xilazina (1mg/kg e quetamina (15mg/kg; G 2 (n=15 - midazolam (0.5mg/kg e quetamina (15mg/kg e G 3 (n=15 - romifidina (0,1mg/kg e quetamina (15mg/kg. Todas as drogas acima citadas foram associadas na mesma seringa e administradas pela via intramuscular com a utilização de dardos e zarabatana confeccionados artesanalmente. A freqüência cardíaca e respiratória e a temperatura retal foram avaliadas a cada 15 minutos, por até 60 minutos após a administração dos anestésicos. Também foi observado o período de latência, de analgesia e de recuperação. Cinco animais do grupo tratado com xilazina e quetamina apresentaram óbito, provavelmente relacionado com a alta temperatura ambiente. Os animais deste grupo apresentaram maiores períodos de analgesia e recuperação e o grupo de animais tratados com midazolam e quetamina, os menores períodos. Houve uma redução gradativa da freqüência cardíaca nos grupos l e 3 e de temperatura em todos os grupos. A freqüência respiratória manteve-se estável em todos os grupos. Com os três protocolos foi possível tatuar e colocar brincos nos animais, bem como realizar punção venosa, porém cuidados devem ser tomados quando do uso de xilazina em casos de temperatura ambiente elevada, bem como há necessidade de novos estudos para se melhor adequar a dose do midazolam em capivaras.The aim of this study was to investigate three anaesthetic techniques in capybaras. Twenty three male and 27 female adult capybaras weighing 36 ± 7 kg were divided in three groups: G 1(n =20 - xylazine (1mg/kg and ketamine (20mg/kg, G2 (n=l5 - midazolam (0,5mg/kg and ketamine (20mg/kg and G3 (n=15 - romifidine (0,1 mg/kg and ketamine (20mg/kg. All drugs were given intramuscularly in the same syringe using darts. Heart and respiratory rates and temperature were evaluated every 15 minutes for 60 minutes after the administration of the anaesthetics. Time to onset of action, duration of analgesia and recovery period were also measured. Five out of 20 animals from G 1died during the experiment. Duration of analgesia and recovery was longer after xylazine and ketamine and shorter after midazolam and ketamine. Heart rate decreased in G1 and G3. There was no change in respiratory rate. Temperature decreased in all groups. Tattoo mark, earring placing and venous punction was performed in all animals using these anaesthetic protocols. Special care should be taken when xylazine is used under a high environmental temperature and further studies should be performed in order to evaluate the ideal dose of midazolam in capybaras.
Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) is a large rodent distributed throughout tropical America. Antibodies to Neospora caninum in 213 feral capybaras from 11 counties of the State of São Paulo, Brazil were assessed using the indirect immunofluorescent antibody test (titer '1:25) and found in 20 (9.4...
E Dos Santos
Full Text Available Parent-offspring vocal communication, such as the isolation call, is one of the essential adaptations in mammals that adjust parental responsiveness. Thus, our aim was to test the hypothesis that the function of the capybara infants' whistle is to attract conspecifics. We designed a playback experiment to investigate the reaction of 20 adult capybaras (seven males and 13 females to pups' whistle calls – recorded from unrelated offspring – or to bird song, as control. The adult capybaras promptly responded to playback of unrelated pup whistles, while ignoring the bird vocalisation. The adult capybaras took, on average, 2.6 ± 2.5 seconds (s to show a response to the whistles, with no differences between males and females. However, females look longer (17.0 ± 12.9 s than males (3.0 ± 7.2 s toward the sound source when playing the pups' whistle playback. The females also tended to approach the playback source, while males showed just a momentary interruption of ongoing behaviour (feeding. Our results suggest that capybara pups' whistles function as the isolation call in this species, but gender influences the intensity of the response.
Moraes, Priscilla Teixeira de Barros; de Souza, Wilson Machado; da Silva Neto, Paulo Bezerra; Barretto, Carla Siqueira de Figueiredo; Ribeiro, Antonio Augusto Coppi Maciel
Twenty-two stomachs from adult capybaras were used in this study, and an acid digestion mesoscopic technique was pursued using different concentrations of nitric acid to observe the muscular organization of the stomach. The capybara's stomach possessed a muscular coat composed of four layers or strata: external longitudinal, external oblique, circular and internal oblique. Also, the cardiac and pyloric sphincter muscles were comprised of three or two different layers, respectively. Furthermore, the internal oblique fibres were observed extending from the cardiac portion of the stomach to the smaller curvature, where they participated in the formation of the Ansa cardiaca together with the external longitudinal fibres. This muscular architectural arrangement was compared to that in small rodents (rat, hamster, guinea pig), as well as in rabbits and pigs. In conclusion, the stomach of the capybara has a very particular, complex and defined muscular organization that differs from that in other rodents, or domestic animals, in particular, pigs.
Ruth Massote Dracz
Full Text Available Abstract Fasciola hepatica is a parasite that affects the hepatic ducts of several species of domestic and wild vertebrates, causing huge economic losses to livestock rearing worldwide. Reports on occurrences of F. hepatica in capybaras are an important epidemiological aspect of this disease, since these rodents can be a source of contamination for other animals and humans. In the present study, conducted in a rural area of the municipality of Confins, Minas Gerais, fresh feces from capybaras were collected from the ground near a lagoon at the edge of the Ribeirão da Mata river. These were examined using the technique of four metal sieves. F. hepatica eggs were recovered. This trematode species was confirmed by observing morphological characteristics and measuring the eggs recovered from the capybara feces, and through experimental infection of Lymnaea columella (Say, 1817 by miracidia from these eggs and subsequent infection of C57/BL06 mice with metacercariae originating from these infected mollusks. The data suggest the occurrence of natural cycle of F. hepatica in this region and provide a warning that expansion of the geographical distribution of this parasite by means of this rodent is possible. It is therefore important to adopting measures for epidemiological control of this helminthiasis.
Full Text Available This study aimed to assess the yield loss caused by capybaras in rural areas of Dourados-MS, their feeding periods, crop preferences and the landscape characteristics of farms that may affect the occurrence of capybara's herds. Semi-structured interviews in 24 different farms were done during a period between April 2010 and August 2011. Field observations were held at different times of the day, and also during the night in order to record peaks of the feeding behavior in six farms. Direct counting of capybaras along with the group of animals reported as seen by the farmers during the interviews was used to estimate the size of herds. Data was analyzed using the Principal Components Analyses and the Analytic Hierarchy Process. The average number of capybaras found in a regular herd was 18.8 ± 7.90 animals. The average number of capybara herd by farms was of 1.38 ± 0.92 while the average number of capybaras by farms was 32.33 ± 27.87. Capybaras selected rice (Oryza sativa when it was available (14.5% of devastation in 1.18% of total planted area; however, the most eaten crop was corn (Zea mays with 38.55% of loss rate in 16.17% of the total planted area. Capybaras ate mostly in the evening and during the night. The availability of water resources in the rural area predisposed the occurrence of capybara's herds.
Dracz, Ruth Massote; Ribeiro, Vinicius Marques Antunes; Pereira, Cintia Aparecida de Jesus; Lima, Walter Dos Santos
Fasciola hepatica is a parasite that affects the hepatic ducts of several species of domestic and wild vertebrates, causing huge economic losses to livestock rearing worldwide. Reports on occurrences of F. hepatica in capybaras are an important epidemiological aspect of this disease, since these rodents can be a source of contamination for other animals and humans. In the present study, conducted in a rural area of the municipality of Confins, Minas Gerais, fresh feces from capybaras were collected from the ground near a lagoon at the edge of the Ribeirão da Mata river. These were examined using the technique of four metal sieves. F. hepatica eggs were recovered. This trematode species was confirmed by observing morphological characteristics and measuring the eggs recovered from the capybara feces, and through experimental infection of Lymnaea columella (Say, 1817) by miracidia from these eggs and subsequent infection of C57/BL06 mice with metacercariae originating from these infected mollusks. The data suggest the occurrence of natural cycle of F. hepatica in this region and provide a warning that expansion of the geographical distribution of this parasite by means of this rodent is possible. It is therefore important to adopting measures for epidemiological control of this helminthiasis.
Ariádina Reis Almeida
Full Text Available The capybaras are quite common in the green areas of the capital of Paraná State, which include lakes and rivers within its boundaries. This study aimed to analyze the home range of a capybara population in one of these areas, the Tingui Park. The direct records of animal presence and some traces left by them in the studied area, as well as information regarding the social behavior of the species were recorded. The geographic coordinates of the recorded data were plotted on the Tingui Park map. The results showed that capybaras used the whole length of the park, however, there was a higher concentration of views, feces and marking territory in the northern region of the park, indicating that as the area of greatest use by capybaras. As for the behavior, the results showed instances of conflicts between the animals that may be related to competition for territory.
Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos
Full Text Available This paper reports the first isolation of a spotted fever group rickettsia from an Amblyomma cooperi ixodid collected from a capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris in an endemic area of spotted fever in the County of Pedreira, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Isolation was performed in Vero cell culture and submitted to immunofluorescence, using antibody from Rickettsia rickettsii-positive human serum.
Biologia e manejo de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris no Parque Estadual Alberto Löfgren, São Paulo, Brasil. Biology and management of capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris in Alberto Löfgren State Park, São Paulo, Brazil.
Hugo da Fonseca Alves PEREIRA
Full Text Available Observações comportamentais visando aomanejo de capivaras foram realizadas no ParqueEstadual Alberto Löfgren, município de São Paulo,SP, Brasil. Para tanto, se acompanhou um grupo decapivaras de vida livre dessa Unidade de Conservação.Após a contagem do número de indivíduos e daanálise das interações intraespecíficas, foi realizadoo primeiro manejo destes animais no Parque.O controle dos carrapatos provenientes das capivarastambém foi abordado.Behavioral observations with the purposeof capybara management were carried out in theAlberto Löfgren State Park, county of São Paulo,Brazil. A group of wild capybaras of this site werefollowed. After counting the individuals numberand analyzing the intraespecific interactions,the first management approach was performed.The control of ticks dispersed by capybaras wasalso discussed.
Testosterone level, nasal gland volume and Leydig cell morphometry in capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Níveis de testosterona, volume da glândula nasal e morfometria das células de Leydig em capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris
Full Text Available The testosterone levels with nasal gland volume and Leydig cell morphometry in sexually mature capybaras were compared using 10 adult capybaras, aging 28 months. Body and testicular weight were 50kg and 28g, respectively. The gonadosomatic index was 0.11±0.02%, while nasal gland volume was 34.12±13.04ml. Serum testosterone concentration was 25.07±14.73ng/ml. Leydig cell volume density and leydigosomatic index were, respectively, 28.8±8.3% and 0.030±0.007%. Total and individual Leydig cell volumes were 6.88±1.92ml and 2,228.14±272.59x10-12ml, respectively. Leydig cell numbers per testis and per gram of testis were, respectively, 3,079.4±719.9x10(6 and 115.09±31.78x10(6 cells. These results show that increase in serum testosterone concentration is correlated to a proportional increase of nasal gland and Leydig cell volume in capybaras.Estimaram-se as correlações entre os níveis de testosterona e o volume da glândula nasal e a morfometria das células de Leydig no parênquima testicular de capivaras sexualmente maduras. Utilizaram-se 10 capivaras com aproximadamente 28 meses de idade e com peso médio corporal de 50kg e testicular de 28g. O índice gonadossomático e o volume médio da glândula nasal foram 0,11±0,02% e 34,12±13,04ml, respectivamente, e a concentração sérica de testosterona 25,07±14,73ng/ml. A proporção volumétrica de células de Leydig e o índice leydigossomático foram 28,8± 8,3% e 0,030±0,007%, respectivamente. Os volumes total e individual de células de Leydig foram 6,88±1,92ml e 2228,14±272,59´10-12ml, respectivamente. O número de células de Leydig por testículo e por grama de testículo foram, respectivamente, 3079,4±719,9´10(6 e 115,09±31,78´10(6. Concluiu-se que o aumento dos níveis séricos de testosterona foi acompanhado por aumento proporcional do volume da glândula nasal de capivaras e que a concentração desse hormônio é tanto mais alta quanto maior for o volume da célula de Leydig.
Paulo César Simões-Lopes
Full Text Available Santa Catarina Island possesses dozens of archeological sites where the skeletal remains of a great array of animals can be found. The goal of this study was to quantify the skeletal remains of capybaras found at the archeological site SC PRV 02 (1067 to 1735 BP, located in the northern part of the island, along the shores of Lagoa da Conceição, a saltwater lagoon. Thirty-seven skeletal fragments of at least 12 different individuals were identified. The anatomic regions of the capybaras most sought-after by pre-colonial inhabitants were the anterior and posterior limbs. About 40% of the skeletal fragments did not show any epiphyseal fusion with the shaft. Approximately 48% of the fragments found presented evidence of human activity. Our analyses suggest that capybaras played an important role in the diet of these inhabitants and that they were also used for the confection of different functional goods. We diagnosed the manipulation techniques used to obtain these goods, such as percussion and transversal section. The evidence of carbonization and superficial incisions indicates dismembering, preparation, and consumption of capybaras for feeding. Similar techniques were found at other archeological sites of the same age, suggesting that even though pre-colonial inhabitants of the island were considered to be fishermen, capybaras represented a well-appreciated resource.
Lucélia do Valle Borges
Full Text Available The aim of this study was to determine feeding habitats of capybaras in the ESEC-Taim (RS, Brazil, using microhistological analyses of feces. Data were analyzed seasonally. In 172 samples analyzed, 17 species were identified, with predominance of Poaceae. Zizaniopsis bonariensis was the most frequent species in winter (38%, spring (32% and summer (26.5% and Paspalum disthichum in fall (31.5%. A observed increase in vegetation consumption during summer might be due to the food quality. Capybaras showed an opportunistic behavior in the winter and summer and a more selective behavior in spring and fall. Capybaras from the ESEC-Taim varied diet according to the season and alimentary availability.O principal objetivo deste estudo foi determinar os hábitos alimentares das capivaras na ESEC-Taim baseado na análise microhistologica de suas fezes. Os dados foram analisados sazonalmente. Em 172 amostras analisadas, foram identificadas 17 espécies, com predominância de Poaceae. Zizaniopsis bonariensis foi a espécie mais freqüente no inverno (38%, primavera (32% e verão (26,5% e Paspalum disthichum no outono (31,5%. O aumento no consumo da vegetação durante o verão pode ser explicado devido à qualidade da vegetação. As capivaras mostram um comportamento de oportunismo nas estações de inverno e verão e um comportamento mais seletivo na primavera e outono. Concluindo, as capivaras da ESEC-Taim variam sua dieta de acordo com a estação e a disponibilidade de comida.
Nogueira-Filho, Sérgio Luiz Gama; Mendes, Alcester; Tavares, Ellis Fernanda Kowalski; da Cunha Nogueira, Selene Siqueira
Fifteen female adult capybaras, with initial average body weight (BW) of 32.7 (± 5.8) kg, were kept in individual pens to evaluate effect of supplementation of concentrate feed and its supply time on cecotrophy behavior frequency. The animals were allocated in a completely randomized design, with five animals per treatment, receiving three diets: grass only, grass and grain corn offered in a single meal, and grass and grain corn offered in two daily meals; all cecotrophy acts were recorded. Later, in a second experiment, five capybaras received five levels of urea in their diet: 0, 10, 20, 30, and 40 g urea/100 kg BW, replacing soybean meal as true protein source, in a 5 × 5 Latin square design. The animals were weighed and their blood was collected every 2 weeks. The frequency of cecotrophy (Ps capybaras were fed grass only (0.5 ± 0.07 acts/h) than when they received grass and corn in a single meal (0.3 ± 0.05 acts/h) and grass and corn supplied in separate meals (0.1 ± 0.03 acts/h). With increased urea in their diet, the capybaras showed initial signs of chronic intoxication, together with increments in serum urea (r = 0.87, P capybara diet, these must be mixed with roughage in a single meal to avoid high decrease in the frequency of cecotrophy behavior and increase in dry matter intake. The replacement of soybean meal with urea in capybara diet is not recommended.
Monitoramento populacional de capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris Linnaeus, 1766 em Pirassununga, SP, Brasil Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris Linnaeus, 1766 population monitoring in Pirassununga, SP, Brazil
Flávia Carolina Vargas
Full Text Available O monitoramento semanal de um grupo de capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris foi realizado durante 12 meses (fevereiro/2003 a janeiro/2004 ao anoitecer. As observações consistiram na coleta de informações comportamentais, classificação etária e contagem direta de indivíduos avistados durante o pastejo. No período de estudo, foi feita uma captura, com a contenção dos animais, pesagens, sexagens, marcações, bem como a definição das classes etárias dos 15 animais apreendidos. A densidade ecológica média foi de 0,58±0,05ind ha-1 e o número médio de indivíduos foi de 21±5,6. O grupo apresentou uma mudança de comportamento, com o aumento da área de pastejo e a diminuição do número de indivíduos, principalmente jovens, causando uma diminuição da densidade ecológica da população nos meses de junho a setembro de 2003. Machos jovens foram provavelmente expulsos dos grupos não somente em virtude do período reprodutivo, mas também como uma medida de ajuste populacional em função da escassez de alimento. O aumento da área de vivência durante a seca, juntamente à provável expulsão de indivíduos em função da alimentação e/ou reprodução, mostraram a capacidade da espécie em driblar condições pouco favoráveis encontradas durante o ano.A capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris population was monitored weekly at nightfall for 12 months (February 2003 to January 2004. Information about behavior, age class and animal number at pasture activities were collected during the observations. Fifteen animals were captured once and thus, their contention, weighing, identifications, sex definition, as well as, the age class confirmation could be done. The average ecological density was 0,58±0,05ind ha-1 and the mean individual number was 21±5,6. The capybara group changed its behavior by increasing the pasture area and decreasing the number of animals observed (mainly juveniles from June to September (2003. Juvenile males
Moreno, Luisa Z; Miraglia, Fabiana; Marvulo, Maria F V; Silva, Jean C R; Paula, Catia D; Costa, Barbara L P; Morais, Zenaide M; Ferreira, Fernando; Neto, José S Ferreira; Dellagostin, Odir A; Hartskeerl, Rudy A; Vasconcellos, Silvio A; Moreno, Andrea M
Leptospirosis is a widespread zoonosis caused by bacteria of the genus Leptospira. Rodents appear to be the most important reservoirs of infection. They contaminate the environment and food and can transmit the pathogen when they are consumed by carnivores. Capybara ( Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris ) are efficient reservoirs of Leptospira, and because they are in close contact with farm animals and are found in semiurban areas, they represent a risk to public health. We isolated five Leptospira strains from capybara kidneys in Sao Paulo State, Brazil, in 2001 and typed them using serologic and molecular techniques. These strains include the Leptospira santarosai serogroup Grippotyphosa serovar Bananal. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis resulted in a unique pattern distinct from the reference strains, and the isolates clustered with greater than 85% similarity. The isolates also presented higher growth rates than other Leptospira serovars, with high minimal inhibitory concentration values for most of the tested antibiotics, with the exception of penicillin and ampicillin. This isolation and characterization of the L. santarosai serogroup Grippotyphosa serovar Bananal from capybara, highlights the importance of wild and sinantropic rodents as carriers of pathogenic leptospires.
Yai, Lucia E O; Ragozo, Alessandra M A; Soares, Rodrigo M; Pena, Hilda F J; Su, C; Gennari, Solange M
Recent studies indicate that Toxoplasma gondii isolates of many domestic hosts from Brazil are genetically and biologically different from T. gondii isolates from USA and Europe. However, little is known about genetics of T. gondii isolates from wild mammals in Brazil. In this study, genotypes of 36 T. gondii isolates from capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) from six counties in São Paulo state, Brazil, were determined. Sixteen genotypes were identified using 11 genetic markers including SAG1, SAG2, SAG3, BTUB, GRA6, c22-8, c29-2, L358, PK1, Apico and CS3. No classical clonal Type I and Type II isolates were found, confirming other findings that these lineages are rare in Brazil. Eight of these 36 isolates were grouped into the common clonal lineages in Brazil, previously designed as Types BrI, BrII and BrIII. Seven of the 16 genotypes were reported for the first time in this study. Three of the 36 isolates showed mixed infections. Analysis of mortality rates in infected mice indicated that Type BrI is highly virulent, Type BrII is intermediately virulent and Type BrIII is non-virulent, which is in agreement with previous report. The allele types at the CS3 locus are strongly linked to mouse-virulence of the parasite. These genotyping results support previous findings that the T. gondii population is highly diverse in Brazil.
Truppel, Jessé Henrique; Reifur, Larissa; Montiani-Ferreira, Fabiano; Lange, Rogério Ribas; de Castro Vilani, Ricardo Guilherme D'Otaviano; Gennari, Solange Maria; Thomaz-Soccol, Vanete
Toxoplasmosis is considered nowadays as one of the most important foodborne diseases in the world. One of the emerging risks in acquiring infection with Toxoplasma gondii is the increasing popularity of wild animals and game meat. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) is the world's largest extant rodent and is used for human consumption in many areas of South America, and in case it carries T. gondii cysts, it may act as a source of infection. In the present study, we detected infection with T. gondii in capybaras from the south of Brazil. Antibodies to T. gondii were assayed in the serum of capybaras using the indirect fluorescent antibody test (IFAT > or = 1:16). Blood, liver, heart, lymph nodes, and spleen tissues were collected and tested by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for B1 gene and ITS1 region. The results showed that 61.5% (16/26) capybaras were seropositive to T. gondii. Titers of specific antibodies to T. gondii ranged from 1:16 to 1:512. Among the feral rodents studied, 7.7% (2/26) were PCR positive for B1 gene assay and 11.5% (3/26) were positive for ITS1 PCR assay; for both test, the prevalence was 15.4%. Liver, heart, and blood tissues were those which tested positive for the apicomplexan. Our findings show a high percentage of infection with T. gondii in asymptomatic capybaras. Based on those data, we hypothesize that the consumption of raw or undercooked capybara meat could be a source of infection for humans.
Forero-Montaña, Jimena; Betancur, Julio; Cavelier, Jaime
We studied the composition and seasonal variation of the diet of the capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) in the flooded savannas of Caño Limón, Colombia. This was achieved by direct observation of the consumption patterns of these animals. The capybaras only consumed plants, and their diet included 89 species of 22 families. Sixty three percent of these plant species had not been reported before. The most commonly consumed plants (94% of the diet), belonged to the Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Leguminosae and Pontederiaceae. Only seven species represented 60% of the total diet: the grasses Hymenachne amplexicaulis (16.9%), Digitaria bicornis (4.5%) and Panicum maximum (4.4%) and the Cyperaceae Rynchospora corymbosa (4.4%). There was seasonal variation in the diet composition of capybaras.
Leitão, D P; Polizello, A C; Rothschild, Z
Fibrinolytic and coagulation properties of capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, LINNAEUS, 1766) plasma were analysed and the results compared to the guinea-pig (Cavia porcellus), a close relative. Capybara fibrinogen was isolated and fibrinolysis of its plasma was carried out in a homologous system and with bovine fibrin. Undiluted plasma did not have fibrinolytic activity on fibrin plates; euglobulins gave a dose-related response. Zymography of capybara and guinea-pig plasma gave the same patterns of activity as human or bovine plasma. Human urokinase (UK) and tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) produced lysis in capybara fibrin plates. Streptokinase (SK) (500 IU/ml) did not activate capybara or guinea-pig plasma. In this system, human plasma was extensively activated. Coagulation tests for both species of rodent were prolonged. The capybara showed values for prothrombin time (PT) shorter than activated thromboplastin time (APTT). The guinea-pig, as already shown, had longer PT values. Factors X and VII were very low for capybara and guinea-pig when tested using reference curves and diagnostic kits for human plasma. It is suggested that the capybara could be a valuable laboratory animal considering its size and closeness to the guinea-pig, and this could allow for the provision of materials from one single animal when convenient or necessary.
Ojeda, G N; Amavet, P S; Rueda, E C; Siroski, P A
Sometimes, commercial products obtained from wild animals are sold as if they were from domestic animals and vice versa. At this point of the productive chain, legal control of possible wildlife products is difficult. Common in the commerce of northern Argentina, skins of two wild species, the carpincho and the collared peccary, look very similar to each other and to those of the domestic pig; it is extremely difficult to differentiate them after they have been tanned. Because there was no an adequate methodology to discriminate between leather of these three species, we developed a new methodology of DNA extraction from skin and leather. This new method involves digesting a leather sample using proteinase K, followed by precipitation of proteins with 5 M NaCl, cleaning with absolute isopropanol and DNA precipitation with 70% ethanol. DNA is hydrated in Tris-EDTA buffer. This protocol provided good-quality DNA suitable for analysis with molecular markers. This new protocol has potential for use in identifying leather products of these species using molecular markers based on RAPDs.
Afonso Lodovico Sinkoc
Full Text Available The aim of this study was we observe the prevalence, intensity and mean intensity of theinfection by gastrintestinal helminths in capybaras. The helminths collected resulted in the following relationship with their respective prevalence and mean intensities of infection: Strongyloides sp. - 62.55% and 168.67; Protozoophaga obesa - 95.83% and 2698.26; Vianella hydrochoeri - 70.83% and 83.82; Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata - 58.33% and 57.86; Capillaria hydrochoeri - 83.33% and 35.25; Trichuris spp. - 50.00% and 36.58; Hippocrepis hippocrepis - 62.50% and 22.40; Taxorchis schistocotyle - 12.50% and 2.33; Hydrochoeristrema cabrali - 45.83% and 10.73; Monoecocestus hydrochoeri - 50,00% and 28.25 and Monoecocestus jacobi - 41.67% and 5.40. The helminths M. hydrochoeri, Strongyloides sp., Trichuris spp., H. hippocrepis and H. cabrali showed a statistical differences between ages in the mean intensity of parasitism, and the first two presented higher values for the young animals and the last three for the adults.Com o objetivo de observar a prevalência, intensidade e intensidade média de infecção de helmintos gastrintestinais de capivaras foram estudados 24 animais na Granja Santa Maria, região do Banhado do Taim, Município de Rio Grande, RS. As espécies de helmintos coletadas resultaram na seguinte relação, com suas respectivas prevalências e intensidades médias de infecção: Strongyloides sp. - 62,5% e 168,67; Protozoophaga obesa - 95,83% e 2698,26; Vianella hydrochoeri - 70,83% e 83,82; Hydrochoerisnema anomalobursata - 58,33% e 57,86; Capillaria hydrochoeri - 83,33% e 35,25; Trichuris spp. - 50,00% e 36,58; Hippocrepis hippocrepis - 62,50 e 22,40; Taxorchis schistocotyle - 12,50% e 2,33; Hydrochoeristrema cabrali - 45,83% e 10,73; Monoecocestus hydrochoeri - 50,00% e 28,25 e Monoecocestus jacobi - 41,67% e 5,40. Os helmintos M. hydrochoeri, Strongyloides sp., Trichuris spp., H. hippocrepis e H. cabrali diferiram estatisticamente entre idades na intensidade média de parasitismo, os dois primeiros apresentaram valores mais elevados para animais jovens e os três últimos para adultos.
Nilo Salgado Jardim
Full Text Available Objetivou-se com o presente trabalho avaliar o efeito dos fatores sexo e diferentes faixas de peso ao abate (30 a 40kg, 40 a 50kg e 50 a 60kg no teor de lipídeos e perfil de ácidos graxos (AG da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. As amostras constituíram-se da porção cranial do músculo longissimus dorsi de 28 capivaras (16 machos e 12 fêmeas provenientes de um mesmo zoocriadouro. As análises foram realizadas no Laboratório de Certificação da Qualidade de Carnes e Derivados do Instituto de Tecnologia de Alimentos-ITAL, em SP. Os lipídeos foram extraídos com clorofórmio/metanol (2:1, segundo Folch et al. (1957 e a composição de AG, por cromatografia gasosa (Bragagnolo, 1997. O músculo longissimus dorsi in natura de capivara apresentou média de 0,82% de lipídeos. Houve diferença (PThis work aimed to evaluate the effect of the factors sex and different slaughter weight ranges (30-40kg, 40-50kg, 50-60kg on the lipid content and fatty acids profiles of capybara meat. The samples were constituted of the cranial portion of the longissimus dorsi muscle of 28 capybaras (16 males and 12 females, from the same farm. The analyses were carried out at the Meats and Derived Quality Certification Laboratory of the Food Technology Institute - ITAL, in SP. The lipids were extracted using chloroform/ methanol (2:1 (v/v mixture, following the methodology of Folch et al. (1957, and the composition of fatty acids analysed by gas chromatography (Bragagnolo, 1997. The raw loin of capybara presented 0,82% of lipids. There was significant difference (P 0,05 among the contents of these fatty acids in males and females, and in the different slaughter weight ranges. A few significant differences between the factors sex and slaughter weight ranges were noticed in minor fatty acids. Comparing to the domestic species, the capybara meat analyzed in this work presented low total lipid content and high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Valores hematológicos de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Rodentia:Hydrochoeridae de vida livre na região de Campinas-SP Capybara's (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hematological values free ranging life from Campinas regions, São Paulo state, Brazil
Daniela Alves Madella
Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi determinar os valores hematológicos de 14 capivaras de vida livre capturadas nos municípios de Campinas, Monte Alegre do Sul e de São João da Boa Vista. Para a obtenção das amostras de sangue, os animais foram anestesiados via intramuscular, mediante associação de cloridrato de xilazina 2% e cloridrato de ketamina 1%, em doses de 4,5mg/kg/pv e 5,0mg/kg/pv, respectivamente. O sangue foi coletado em tubos contendo EDTA. Para a determinação dos números de eritrócitos e leucócitos, foi utilizada a metodologia tradicional da câmara de Neubauer. O hematócrito foi determinado pelo método de microhematócrito e a hemoglobina pelo método da cianometahemoglobina. Para a contagem diferencial de leucócitos, foi utilizada a técnica de Shilling. Os índices hematimétricos (VCM, HCM E CHCM foram determinados com os valores encontrados na série vermelha. Os resultados da série eritrocitária foram: 4,5 x10(6/miL ± 0,2; hemoglobina: 13.5g/dL ± 0,7; hematócrito: 40,4% ± 2; VCM: 90,2 fL ± 0,9; HCM: 30,1 pg ± 0,7; CHCM: 33,3g/dL ± 1. Na série leucocitária: 5,3 x10³/miL ± 2; bastonetes: 1 % ± 2,1; segmentados: 36,6 % ± 19,9; eosinófilos: 3,5 % ± 11,7; basófilos: 0%; linfócitos: 58,8 % ± 19,6; monócitos: 1,5% ± 2,1. Não foram encontrados os mielócitos e metamielócitos.The purpose of this study was to determine the hematological values of fourteen free life capybaras captured in three cities of São Paulo State, Brazil (Campinas, Monte Alegre do Sul and São João da Boa Vista. Blood samples were obtained with the animals anesthetized through association of 2% xilazine chloridrate and 1% ketamine chloridrate, in the doses of 4.5mg/kg/pv and 5.0mg/kg/pv respectively. The blood was collected using tubes containing EDTA. To determine the number of erythrocytes and leukocytes was used the traditional methodology of the Neubauer chamber. The hematocrit was determined by the microhematocrit method and the hemoglobin by the cianometahemoglobin. For leukocyte differential count the Shilling's method was used. The hematimetric (MCV, MCH and MCHC indexes were determined with the values found in the red serie. The results were: erythrocytes: 4.5 x10(6/mul ± 0.2; hemoglobin: 13.5g/dl ± 0.7; hematocrit: 40.4% ± 2; MCV: 90.2fl ± 0.9; MCH: 30.1pg ± 0.7; MCHC: 33.3g/dl ± 1. In the leukocytes series: 5.3 x10³/mul ± 2; band neutrophil:1 % ± 2.1; segmenter: 36.6 %± 19.9; eosinophils: 3.5% ± 11.7; basophiles: 0%; lymphocytes: 58.8% ± 19.6; monocytes: 1.5% ± 2.1. Myelocytes and metamyelocytes were not found.
Wilson Machado de Souza
Full Text Available A distribuição dos ramos da artéria hepática, no fígado, foi estudada em 30 fígados de capivara (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris mediante injeção arterial com látex natural corado, fixação em formol a 10%, dissecção pela face visceral e esquematização. A lobação do fígado, nestes animais, é semelhante à do suíno, permitindo identificar os lobos lateral direito, medial direito, quadrado, medial esquerdo, lateral esquerdo e caudado (processos caudado e papilar. A artéria hepática divide-se mais freqüentemente (73,3% nos ramos direito e esquerdo e, em menor número de preparações (26,6%, trifurca-se nos ramos direito, intermédio e esquerdo. Esses vasos alcançam, sob diferentes arranjos, os lobos do fígado.The distribution of the hepatic arterial branches in capybara's (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris liver was studied in 30 animals. After arterial injection with stain natural latex, the organs were fixed in formaldehyde 10%, dissected and schematized. The lobation of the liver in these animals, is similar to the one of the swine, allowing to identify the following lobes: right lateral, right medial, quadrate, left medial, left lateral and caudate (processes caudate and papillary. The hepatic artery is divided more frequently (73.3% in the branches right and left and in lesser number of preparations (26.6%, the vessel gives three resulting in the branches right, intermediate and left. These vessels reach, under different arrangements the lobes of the liver, when appears coincident passages with the one of the biliferous ways and portal vein, allowing in this way establish an port-bilio-arterial division.
Lorena F. Silva
Full Text Available São descritos dois casos de parasitismo por Cruorifilaria tuberocauda em capivaras de vida livre no Distrito Federal, Brasil. Macroscopicamente, observou-se nas superfícies de corte dos rins espessamento acentuado de vasos das regiões cortical e córtico-medular. Microscopicamente, havia arterite proliferativa e granulomatosa acentuada associada a filarídeos intralesionais consistentes com Cruorifilaria tuberocauda. Esse é o primeiro relato do parasitismo por esse filarídeo em capivaras no Distrito Federal
Ocorrência de ixodidae parasitos de capivara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris linnaeus, 1766 na estação ecológica do Taim, Rio Grande - RS, Brasil Occurence of ixodidae parasites of capybara (Hydrochoeurus hydrochaeris linnaeus, 1766 in the ecologic area of Taim, Rio Grande - RS, Brazil
Afonso Lodovico Sinkoc
Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi identificar as espécies de carrapatos observadas sobre capivaras na Estação Ecológica do Taim, Rio Grande- RS, Brasil. Foram examinadas 27 capivaras encontradas mortas por atropelamento na BR 471, em seu trecho que corta a Estação, sendo cole lados 497 carrapatos das espécies Amblyomma cooperi (=A. lutzi; = A. ypisilophorum, Amblyomma triste, Amblyomma tigrinum e ninfas do gênero Amblyomma. A. cooperi representou 68,41% dos carrapatos identificados, com uma freqüência de parasitismo de 92,60% dos hospedeiros, enquanto A. triste representou 24,75% dos carrapatos em 44,43% dos hospedeiros e A. tigrinum foi coletado em 14,81% dos hospedeiros, totalizando 1,21% dos carrapatos. As ninfas de Amblyomma sp. foram cotetadas em 18,51% dos hospedeiros apresentando um percentual de 5,63% do total de carrapatos. A relação macho : fêmea apresentou valores de 2,3 : 1 e 2 : l para o A. cooperi e A. triste, respectivamente. Todos hospedeiros apresentavam-se parasitados, com uma média de 18,4 carrapatos, variando de 1 a 64 carrapatos coletados por hospedeiro.The aim of this article was the identification ofthe tick species observed on capybara in wildlife in the Ecologic Area of Taim, Rio Grande - RS; Brazil. Twenly seven capybaras found dead by trample in the road BR 471 in the Ecologic Area, wereexamined ticks coilected of the species Amblyomma cooperi (= A. lutzi and = A. ypisilophorum, Amblyomma triste, Amblyomma tigrinum and ninphs of the Genus Amblyomma. Amblyomma cooperi represented 68.41% of the ticks with a frequency of parasitism of 92.60% of the hosts; Amblyomma triste species represented 24.75% of the collected ticks m 44.43% of the hosts; Amblyomma tigrinum species were coilected m 14.81% of the hosts from a total of 1.21% of the found ticks and, the nimphs of Amblyomma were coilected in 18.51% of the hosts per forming 5.63% of the ali ticks coilected. The relation mate .female showed values of 2.3:1 and 2:1 to A. cooperiand and A. triste, respectivety. All examined hosts were found wiih ticks, with a mean of 18.4 ticks per host.
[Morphology and biometry of eggs and larvae of Strongyloides sp. Grassi, 1879 (Rhabditoidea: Strongyloididae), a gastrointestinal parasite of Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766) (Rodentia: Hydrochaeridae), in the municipality of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil].
Vieira, Fabiano M; Lima, Sueli de S; Bessa, Elisabeth Cristina de A
An important method to diagnose and study the helminthofauna of wild animals is to examine the host's feces to find eggs and larvae, seeking to identify the parasites and study their morphobiology. The objective of the present work is to provide morphological and biometric data on the eggs and larvae of Strongyloides sp., a capybara gastrointestinal parasite. Using the technique of Gordon and Whitlock, simple flotation and the modified Baermann examination, capybara fecal samples were selected based on a criterion of the highest proportion of eggs and larvae in the initial development stages, for morphometric description of eggs, L1, L2 and L3 of Strongyloides sp. From past reports of parasitism in Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, we suspect that the eggs and larvae in this study are of Strongyloides chapini Sandground, 1925, which constitutes the first description of these stages for this species of nematode. Nevertheless, the morphology and biometry data of these stages demonstrate that they are similar to those of other species of the Strongyloides genus.
Robles, María del Rosario; Eberhardt, María Ayelen Teresita; Bain, Odile; Beldomenico, Pablo Martín
Twenty-eight Capillariinae species have been recorded in rodents; 1 of these species was reported from a caviomorph rodent, Hydrochoeris hydrochaeris (capybara), and placed in the genus Echinocoleus by Moravec (1982). However, both original description and subsequent contributions of Echinocoleus hydrochoeri are poor and incomplete. In this paper, this species is redescribed, and a new geographical distribution is reported. The redescription is based on morphologic and morphometrical features; intestine ends in a cloaca beside ejaculatory duct, caudal bursa composed of 2 large ventrolateral lobes with a fleshy internal part and a membranous external part (they are not united dorsally with a membrane), 1 pair of caudal papillae, terminal part of cylindrical cirrus ornamented with thin and thick spines (and particular pattern distribution), sclerotized spicule in male, and vulvar appendage in female, and 3 bacillary bands (1 ventral and 2 lateral). Generic and specific analyses were performed to establish new standards for future studies on the systematic position of Capillariinae species. This study presents new morphological information and a new record of a capillariid species from Argentina.
Influência do sexo e faixas de peso ao abate nas características físico-químicas da carne de capivara Effect of the factors sex and different slaughter weight in the physico-chemical characteristics of capybara meat (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris
Maria C. Bressan
Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou avaliar o efeito dos fatores sexo e faixas de peso ao abate (30-40, 40-50, 50-60kg sobre o declínio de pH, pH final, cor, capacidade de retenção de água (CRA, perda de peso por cozimento (PPC e força de cisalhamento (FC da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. As amostras do músculo longissimus dorsi (LD foram obtidas de 28 capivaras (16 machos e 12 fêmeas, provenientes de um zoocriadouro. Não houve influência dos fatores sexo e faixas de peso ao abate sobre o pH as 2h (6,29, 5h (6,29, 8h (6,25 e 24h (6,01 post mortem; na cor (Sistema CIE LAB para luminosidade (34,28, teor de vermelho (10,74 e teor de amarelo (1,74; CRA (0,47, PPC (32,27% e FC (5,20kgf/g. Comparando com espécies domésticas, a carne de capivara apresentou pH final elevado; índice de luminosidade baixo e teor de vermelho elevado, assemelhando-se à carnes de bovinos e ovinos (carnes vermelhas; CRA e PPC dentro dos limites considerados normais; e, textura (FC considerada macia.The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of the factors sex and different slaughter weight groups (30-40, 40-50, 50-60kg in the pH decline, ultimate pH, colour, water holding capacity (WHC, cooking loss (CL and shear force (SF of capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris meat. Samples were constituted of longissimus dorsi (LD muscle of 28 capybaras (16 males and 12 females from the same farm. There were no effect of the factors sex and slaughter weight groups on the pH values at 2h (6.29, 5h (6.29, 8h (6.25 and 24h (6.01 post mortem; on colour values (CIE LAB System for brightness (34.28, redness (10.74 and yellowness (1.74; WHC (0.47, CL (32.27% and SF (5.20kgf/g. Comparing to livestock species, capybara meat had a high ultimate pH value, low values of brightness and high values of redness, looking like bovine and ovine meats (red meats; WHC and CL inside limits considered normal; and SF considered soft.
Efeitos dos métodos de abate e sexo na composição centesimal, perfil de ácidos graxos e colesterol da carne de capivaras Effect of two slaughter methods and sex on proximate composition, cholesterol content and fatty acids profile of capybara meat (Hydrochaeris Hydrochaeris L. 1766
Sandra H. I. Oda
Full Text Available O objetivo desse trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos de métodos de abate (MA (humanitário (MH e por tiro (MT e sexo na composição centesimal, perfil de ácidos graxos (AG e colesterol da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766. Foram abatidos 20 animais (13 machos (M e 7 fêmeas (F com peso médio de 45,71kg. No músculo longissimus dorsi (LD foram determinados: umidade, lipídios totais (LT, proteína e cinzas e no semimembranosus (SM, o colesterol por colorimetria e o perfil de AG por cromatografia gasosa. O LD apresentou: 75,87% de umidade, 1,37% de LT, 22,11% de proteínas e 1,09% de cinzas. Houve diferença (pThe objective of this work was to evaluate the effects of two slaughter methods: traditional (TS and head-shot (HS and sex on the proximate composition, fatty acids (FA profile and cholesterol content of capybara meat. Twenty animals (13 males (M and 7 females (F, weighting about 45.71kg, were slaughtered. In longissimus dorsi (LD muscle were determined: moisture, crude fat, protein and ash. In semimembranosus (SM muscle, were determined: cholesterol content for colorimetric method and fatty acids (FA profile for gas chromatography. The LD muscle had values of: 75.87% of moisture, 1.37% of crude fat, 22.11% of crude protein, 1.09% of ash. There were significant differences (p<0.01 between lipid contents of M (1.75% and F (0.98%. The FA in major concentration (% were: C16:0 (29.57; C18:1w9 (27.87; C18:2w6 (19.19; C18:0 (6.57; C18:3w3 (4.97; C14:0 (3.64; C20:4w6 (3.45; C18:1w7 (3.31 and C16:1w7 (1.90. Ratio value of poliunsaturated FA to saturated FA was 0.82. The average values of w6 FA and w3 FA were 23.41 and 5.63%, respectively. The factors sex and slaughter method had no effect on poliunsaturated FA percentages and cholesterol content (28.11mg/100g. Capybara meat presented low total lipid content and high crude protein values and FA w6/w3 ratio considered nutritionally adequated.
de Araújo, F A P; Sesoko, N F; Rahal, S C; Teixeira, C R; Müller, T R; Machado, M R F
In order to evaluate the hind limbs of caviomorph rodents a descriptive analysis of the Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766) and Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766) was performed using anatomical specimens, radiography, computed tomography (CT) and full-coloured prototype models to generate bone anatomy data. The appendicular skeleton of the two largest rodents of Neotropical America was compared with the previously reported anatomical features of Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) and domestic Cavia porcellus (Linnaeus, 1758). The structures were analyzed macroscopically and particular findings of each species reported. Features including the presence of articular fibular projection and lunulae were observed in the stifle joint of all rodents. Imaging aided in anatomical description and, specifically in the identification of bone structures in Cuniculus paca and Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. The imaging findings were correlated with the anatomical structures observed. The data may be used in future studies comparing these animals to other rodents and mammalian species.
Islam, S; Ribeiro, A A C M; Loesch, A
The present study investigated the ultrastructural features of the basilar artery of the largest rodent species, the capybara. The study suggests that the general ultrastructural morphological organization of the basilar artery of the capybara is similar to that of small rodents. However, there are some exceptions. The basilar artery of the capybara contains a subpopulation of 'granular' vascular smooth muscle cells resembling monocytes and/or macrophages. The possibility cannot be excluded that the presence of these cells reflects the remodelling processes of the artery due to animal maturation and the regression of the internal carotid artery. To clarify this issue, more systemic studies are required involving capybaras of various ages.
Saadoun, A; Cabrera, M C
Meat yields, proximate compositions, fatty acids compositions and technological parameters are reviewed for species which might be further developed as indigenous sources of meat in South America. These include the alpaca (Lama pacos), capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), guanaco (Lama guanicoe), llama (Lama glama), nutria (Myocastor coypus), collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), greater rhea (Rhea americana), lesser rhea (Rhea pennata), yacare (Caiman crocodilus yacare), tegu lizard (Tupinambis merianae) and green iguana (Iguana iguana).
de Figueiredo, Glauciane Garcia; Amarilla, Alberto Anastacio; de Souza, William Marciel; Fumagalli, Marcílio Jorge; de Figueiredo, Mário Luis Garcia; Szabó, Matias Pablo Juan; Badra, Soraya Jabur; Setoh, Yin Xiang; Khromykh, Alexander A; Aquino, Victor Hugo; Figueiredo, Luiz Tadeu Moraes
Cacipacoré virus (CPCV) is a potential emerging virus classified in the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae. In the present study, we present the genetic characterization of a CPCV isolated from ticks (Amblyomma cajennense) collected from a sick capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in São Paulo State, Brazil. The CPCV isolate shares the typical genomic organization of flaviviruses with 10,857 nucleotides in length and a single open reading frame of 10,284 nucleotides encoding a polyprotein of 3,427 amino acids. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that CPCV is unique, as a potentially tick-borne virus, in the Japanese encephalitis virus serogroup.
Full Text Available Abstract Background The guinea pig is an attractive model for human pregnancy and placentation, mainly because of its haemomonochorial placental type, but is rather small in size. Therefore, to better understand the impact of body mass, we studied placental development in the capybara which has a body mass around 50 kg and a gestation period of around 150 days. We paid attention to the development of the lobulated arrangement of the placenta, the growth of the labyrinth in the course of gestation, the differentiation of the subplacenta, and the pattern of invasion by extraplacental trophoblast. Methods Material was collected from six animals at pregnancy stages ranging from the late limb bud stage to mid gestation. Methods included latex casts, standard histology, immunohistochemistry for cytokeratin, vimentin, alpha-smooth muscle actin, and proliferating cell nuclear antigen as well as transmission electron microscopy. Results At the limb bud stage, the placenta was a pad of trophoblast covered by a layer of mesoderm from which fetal vessels were beginning to penetrate at folds in the surface. By 70 days, the placenta comprised areas of labyrinth (lobes separated by interlobular areas. Placental growth resulted predominantly from proliferation of cellular trophoblast situated in nests at the fetal side of the placenta and along internally directed projections on fetal mesenchyme. Additional proliferation was demonstrated for cellular trophoblast within the labyrinth. Already at the limb bud stage, there was a prominent subplacenta comprising cellular and syncytial trophoblast with mesenchyme and associated blood vessels. At 90 days, differentiation was complete and similar to that seen in other hystricognath rodents. Overlap of fetal vessels and maternal blood lacunae was confirmed by latex injection of the vessels. At all stages extraplacental trophoblast was associated with the maternal arterial supply and consisted of cellular trophoblast and syncytial streamers derived from the subplacenta. Conclusion All important characteristics of placental development and organization in the capybara resembled those found in smaller hystricognath rodents including the guinea pig. These features apparently do not dependent on body size. Clearly, placentation in hystricognaths adheres to an extraordinarily stable pattern suggesting they can be used interchangeably as models of human placenta.
Watanabe, Ii-Sei; Dos Santos Haemmerle, Carlos Alexandre; Dias, Fernando José; Cury, Diego Pulzatto; Da Silva, Marcelo Cavenaghi Pereira; Sosthines, Marcia Consentino Kronka; Dos Santos, Tatiana Carlesco; Guimarães, Juliana Plácido; Miglino, Maria Angélica
Capybara is the largest rodent in the world and displays a seasonally dependent herbivore feeding behavior. Here, we present an anatomical contribution for understand this fact, by light, scanning, and transmission electron microscopy methodologies for tongue tissue analysis. The histological preparations revealed filiform, fungiform, vallate, and foliate papillae on the dorsal mucosa of the capybara tongue. The epithelial layer exhibited a lining of keratinized stratified squamous epithelial cells. The lamina propria was characterized by a dense connective tissue composed of the primary and secondary papillar projections. We also revealed the original aspects of the connective papillae. The shapes of the papillae varied by region of the tongue, and filiform, fungiform, vallate, and foliate papillae and subjacent layers of muscular fibers were observed. Pyriform taste buds occupying the epithelial layer of fungiform, vallate and foliate papillae were identified and the intracellular components of the taste buds and the intracorpuscular amyelinated nerve fibers were observed. The taste buds were characterized by the distribution of granular endoplasmic reticulum throughout the perinuclear area, the Golgi apparatus, and mitochondrial assemblies of various distinct diameters. Mitochondrial accumulation was also observed in the collagen bundle-surrounded amyelinated nerve fibers beside the basal cells. Therefore, these peculiar anatomical descriptions may contribute to understanding the adaptation of the feeding behavior of capybaras in a seasonally changing environment.
Jorge, Sérgio; Monte, Leonardo G; Coimbra, Marco Antonio; Albano, Ana Paula; Hartwig, Daiane D; Lucas, Caroline; Seixas, Fabiana K; Dellagostin, Odir A; Hartleben, Cláudia P
Leptospirosis is a globally prevalent zoonosis caused by pathogenic Leptospira spp.; several serologic variants have reservoirs in synanthropic rodents. The capybara is the largest living rodent in the world, and it has a wide geographical distribution in Central and South America. This rodent is a significant source of Leptospira since the agent is shed via urine into the environment and is a potential public health threat. In this study, we isolated and identified by molecular techniques a pathogenic Leptospira from capybara in southern Brazil. The isolated strain was characterized by partial rpoB gene sequencing and variable-number tandem-repeats analysis as L. interrogans, serogroup Icterohaemorrhagiae. In addition, to confirm the expression of virulence factors, the bacterial immunoglobulin-like proteins A and B expression was detected by indirect immunofluorescence using leptospiral specific monoclonal antibodies. This report identifies capybaras as an important source of infection and provides insight into the epidemiology of leptospirosis.
Juan-Sallés, C; Martínez, L S; Garner, M M
An adult, captive-born female capybara died of systemic thrombosis and hemoperitoneum associated with placental subinvolution. Grossly, the uterus was enlarged, segmentally thickened, and associated with a large blood clot in the abdominal cavity. There was hemometra and a large ovoid mass in each uterine horn weakly adhered to the endometrium, and the right uterine horn wall had a small perforation over the mass. The mesometrial veins were markedly dilated due to thrombosis and occasionally perforated. Histologically, the uterine masses consisted of partly necrotic placental and subplacental tissue. The uterine wall surrounding the masses had full-thickness coagulative necrosis of the myometrium and diffuse endometrial ulceration with abundant syncytiotrophoblast-like cells within capillaries. Vascular lesions in the uterus and mesometrium consisted of mural invasion by cytotrophoblast and syncytiotrophoblast-like cells, thrombosis, fibrinoid necrosis, and/or heterophilic vasculitis. This is the first report of placental subinvolution in capybaras or any rodent species, to the authors' knowledge.
Moraes, P T de Barros; Pacheco, M R; de Souza, W M; da Silva, R A; Neto, P B S; Barreto, C S de Figueiredo; Ribeiro, A A C M
The digestive system of the capybara has been investigated because of its coprofagia habits, important for their absorptive activity. These species present differences in terms of gastrointestinal morphological characters when compared with other rodents. Macroscopiclly, the stomach of the capybara is constituted of the following parts: cardiac, pyloric, body, fundic and gastric diverticulum. It presents two curvatures, one big and another small. Externally, the presence of gastric bands (tenias) is observed. With regards to the volumetric view, the gastric capacity varies from 850 to 2010 ml, with an average of 1498.57 ml. So, the stomach of this animal can be classified as a simple stomach, in the format of a curved sack and similar to an inverted letter 'J'. The gastric mucous membrane presents a surface filled by numerous tortuous gastric folds and longitudinally distributed along all its extension. The mucous tunic also possesses recesses located among the successive gastric folds, which were denoted as gastric parts with numerous openings described as gastric pits. In the cardiac part, a glandular epithelium with cardiac glands is noticed containing a lot of parietal and mucous neck cells. The fundic part, body and gastric diverticulum contain proper gastric glands with main, parietal and mucous neck cells. Finally, the pyloric part has pyloric glands with two cellular types, mucous neck and parietal cells.
Full Text Available The capybara is the largest rodent in the world and is widely distributed throughout Central and South America. It is an animal of economic interest due to the pleasant flavor of its meat and higher protein content in comparison to beef and pork meat. The hide, hair and fat also have economic advantages. Thus, as an animal with such high economic potential, it is the target of hunters, even though hunting capybara is prohibited by law in Brazil. Due to their similarities, capybara meat is easily confused with pork meat. This occurs upon the apprehension of the meat from hunters, as well as in some restaurants that serve capybara meat that was slaughtered clandestinely. In both cases, when the meat is confiscated, those responsible for the crimes claim it is pork meat, hindering the enforcement of the law. A practical course was ministered to undergraduate biology students enrolled in the elective course Introduction to Genetic Engineering at Federal University of Sao Carlos (UFSCar, Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The objective of the course was to establish and apply a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR assay to identify capybara meat and discriminate it in relation to other types of meat, including pork. Primers were designed based on 12S rRNA, transthyretin and growth hormone receptor genes. The primers generated capybara specific fragments of approximately 220, 290 and 330 bp for transthyretin,12S rRNA and growth hormone receptor, respectively. The duplexes developed in the present work can be used effectively to discriminate capybara meat from other animals, contributing to combating predatory capybara hunting. The results were extensively discussed and the students have contributed to written a paper to be submitted to a publication.
The guinea pig is an attractive model for human pregnancy and placentation, mainly because of its haemomonochorial placental type, but is rather small in size. Therefore, to better understand the impact of body mass, we studied placental development in the capybara which has a body mass around 50 kg and a gestation period of around 150 days. We paid attention to the development of the lobulated arrangement of the placenta, the growth of the labyrinth in the course of gestation, the differenti...
The capybara is the largest rodent in the world and is widely distributed throughout Central and South America. It is an animal of economic interest due to the pleasant flavor of its meat and higher protein content in comparison to beef and pork meat. The hide, hair and fat also have economic advantages. Thus, as an animal with such high economic potential, it is the target of hunters, even though hunting capybara is prohibited by law in Brazil. Due to their similarities, capybara me...
Kanashiro, Claudia; Santos, Tatiana C; Miglino, Maria Angelica
electron microscopy. RESULTS: At the limb bud stage, the placenta was a pad of trophoblast covered by a layer of mesoderm from which fetal vessels were beginning to penetrate at folds in the surface. By 70 days, the placenta comprised areas of labyrinth (lobes) separated by interlobular areas. Placental......, there was a prominent subplacenta comprising cellular and syncytial trophoblast with mesenchyme and associated blood vessels. At 90 days, differentiation was complete and similar to that seen in other hystricognath rodents. Overlap of fetal vessels and maternal blood lacunae was confirmed by latex injection...... of the vessels. At all stages extraplacental trophoblast was associated with the maternal arterial supply and consisted of cellular trophoblast and syncytial streamers derived from the subplacenta. CONCLUSION: All important characteristics of placental development and organization in the capybara resembled those...
Cleber J.R. Alho
Full Text Available (1 The Pantanal is the central portion of a sunken flat plain bordering the upper Paraguay river, with an area of 140,000 km². Seasonal floods begin in January and end in April. From May to October the land dries out and campos (grassland formations and scattered pools appear. (2 Typical capybara habitat in the Pantanal is composed of three components: the water, a patch of forest, and a grass field for foraging. Highest densities of capybaras (14 individuals/km² were found during the rainy season when the available space for capybaras was reduced due to the flooding. Areas without ponds or creeks presented low densities (from 0.38 to 0.84 capybaras/km². Group sizes ranged from 2 to 49 individuals (x = 9.48. (3 Reproduction occurred year-round and young of different ages were seen throughout the year. However, the principal recruitment of young to the population was observed in July-August. While the females took turns in caring for young of different ages, probably the offspring of mothers who are sisters in the same social groups, the males competed intensively with each other for access to breeding females. The male's reproductive success appears to be limited to the number of breeding females that males have access to in the social group.
Pedro Volkmer de Castilho
Full Text Available This study analyzes the use of aquatic mammals by prehistoric societies of Santa Catarina Island, Southern Brazil. Samples from two archaeological sites were examined: Rio do Meio (RM and Porto do Rio Vermelho (SCPRV. Nine aquatic mammal species were found: a pinnipeds: Arctocephalus australis (Zimmerman, 1783 and A. tropicalis (Gray, 1872, and b cetaceans: Eubalaena australis (Desmoulins, 1822, Delphinus delphis Linnaeus, 1758, Stenella frontalis (Cuvier, 1829, Steno bredanensis (Lesson, 1828, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821, Pontoporia blainvillei (Gervais & d'Orbigny, 1844 and a non-identified rorqual from the genus Balaenoptera Lacépède, 1804. Three especies of semi-aquatic mammals were also recorded: Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1758, Tapirus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758 and Lontra longicaudis (Olfers,1818. Both sites presented similar species diversity, although abundance was greater at the most recent site (RM. There were more samples from axial skeletons, but in genera the anatomical regions were homogeneously distributed among the identified taxa.
Monje, Lucas D; Nava, Santiago; Eberhardt, Ayelen T; Correa, Ana I; Guglielmone, Alberto A; Beldomenico, Pablo M
To date, three tick-borne pathogenic Rickettsia species have been reported in different regions of Argentina, namely, R. rickettsii, R. parkeri, and R. massiliae. However, there are no reports available for the presence of tick-borne pathogens from the northeastern region of Argentina. This study evaluated the infection with Rickettsia species of Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from vegetation and feeding from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in northeastern Argentina. From a total of 374 A. dubitatum ticks collected and evaluated by PCR for the presence of rickettsial DNA, 19 were positive for the presence of Rickettsia bellii DNA, two were positive for Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI, and one was positive for the pathogenic Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest. To our knowledge, this study is the first report of the presence of the human pathogen Rickettsia sp. strain Atlantic rainforest and Rickettsia sp. strain COOPERI in Argentina. Moreover, our findings posit A. dubitatum as a potential vector for this pathogenic strain of Rickettsia.
Lado, Paula; Castro, Oscar; Labruna, Marcelo B; Venzal, José M
Rickettsia parkei is the etiological agent of spotted fever in Uruguay, where is transmitted to humans by the tick Amblyomma triste. In the present study, ticks were collected from capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and domestic dogs during 2011-2012 in different parts of Uruguay. Three out of 11 (27.3%) Amblyomma dubitatum ticks collected from capybaras, and 4 out of 6 (66.7%) Amblyomma tigrinum ticks collected from dogs were shown by molecular analyses to be infected by Rickettsia parkeri strain Maculatum 20. Until the present work, A. triste was the only tick species that was found infected by R. parkeri in Uruguay. This is the first report of R. parkeri infecting these two tick species in Uruguay, expanding the current distribution of this rickettsial pathogen in the country.
Efeito do método de abate e do sexo sobre a qualidade da carne de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris Effect of slaughter method and gender on the meat quality of capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766
Sandra H. I. Oda
Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o efeito de dois métodos de abate (MA e do sexo sobre a qualidade de carne de capivaras. Os métodos de abate avaliados foram o humanitário (MH e por tiro (MT, sendo utilizados 2 lotes de 10 animais, um deles contendo 5 machos e 5 fêmeas e outro com 8 machos e 2 fêmeas, nos quais foram avaliados os valores de pH na 1ª, 3ª, 5ª, 7ª, 9ª, 11ª e 24ª horas após o abate e a perda de peso por cozimento (PPC, a cor e a força de cisalhamento (FC, em porções do músculo longissimus dorsi, retiradas entre a 10ª e 12ª vértebras. Os resultados obtidos indicaram que as médias de pH não foram influenciadas pelo MA e pelo sexo. Os valores médios foram: 6,24; 6,05; 6,01; 6,01; 6,03; 6,04 e 5,96 às 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 e 24 horas, respectivamente. Em relação à cor, o MT apresentou valor de L* (32,40 superior (PThe aim of this study was to assess the effect of two slaughter methods (SM and the gender on the quality of capybara meat. The slaughter methods assessed were the humanitarian (HM and by head-shot (HS. Two lots of 10 animals were used, one of them containing 5 males and 5 females and the other containing 8 males and 2 females. Values of pH of the longissimus dorsi muscle (between the vertebras 10th and 12th after 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 24h post mortem (p. m., color (L, a e b, weight losses by cooking (WLC and shear force (SF were assessed on samples obtained at these points. The results indicated that pH means were not influenced by both SM and sex. The medium values were: 6.24; 6.05; 6.01; 6.01; 6.03; 6.04 and 5.96 at 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 24 hours respectively. That demonstrated that in those encourage the installation of the rigor mortis superficial with reduced extension glicolitic. Regarding the color, HS presented higher L* (32.40 values (P<0,05 than HM (29.59, and the effect of gender on this parameter was not observed. On the other color parameters and on WLC no differences among the lots were observed. SF was influenced by SM, with higher values found (P<0,05 for the HS than for the HM, 5.04 and 3.97kgf, respectively.
Maria Cristina Bressan
Full Text Available Com o presente trabalho teve-se como objetivo determinar o perfil de ácidos graxos (AG em diferentes cortes comerciais da carne de capivaras. Cinco capivaras adultas foram abatidas por tiro na região temporo-occiptal, sangradas, depeladas, evisceradas, divididas em 2 meias carcaças e resfriadas a 5ºC por 24horas. A desossa e os cortes comerciais foram realizados às 24 horas post mortem. O percentual da gordura foi determinado segundo a AOAC (1990, e para a determinação dos AG, a gordura foi extraída segundo Folch et al. (1957 e submetida à cromatografia gasosa. Os diferentes cortes mostraram variações significativas (PThe present work had as objective to determine the fat acids (FA profile in different commercial cuts of capybara meat. A total of five adults were slaughtered by shot in the temporo-occiptal region, bled, taken the skin out, eviscerated, divided in two half carcass and cooled at 5ºC for 24h. The taking out of the bone and the preparation of the commercial cuts were carried out at 24 h post mortem. The fat percentage was determined as AOAC (1990 and for the determination of FA, extraction was performed as Folch et al. (1957, followed by gas chromatography analysis. The different cuts showed significant variations (P<0,05 for the C16:0, C16:1ω7, C18:1ω9, C20:4ω6 and C22:4ω6 fat acids. The others fat acids did not differ among them. The ration ω3/ω6 was of 1:23.2, 1:10.9, 1:14.5, 1:18.7 and 1:17.3 for the hind leg, chest - plati, loin, palette and carré cuts, respectively.
Composição centesimal e teor de colesterol dos cortes comerciais de capivara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766 Centesimal composition and cholesterol content in commercial cuts of capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L. 1766
Sandra H. I. Oda
Full Text Available Com o presente trabalho, objetivou-se determinar a composição centesimal e o teor de colesterol presente dos diferentes cortes comerciais da carne de capivara. A umidade, proteína, extrato etéreo e cinzas foram determinados segundo a AOAC (1990. O colesterol foi determinado por colorimetria. Os cortes comerciais apresentaram média de 75,80% de umidade; 21,74% de proteína; 0,74% de lipídios; 0,90% de cinzas; e 23,3 mg/100g de colesterol. Houve diferença (PThe aim of this work was to determine the proximate composition and cholesterol content in different commercial cuts of capybara. Moisture, crude fat, lipids and ash were determined following AOAC (1990 methods. Cholesterol content was determined by colorimetric method. Commercial cuts had values of: 75.8% of moisture; 21.74% of crude protein; 0.74% of crude fat; 0.90% of ash and 23.3mg/100g of cholesterol. There were significant (P<.05 differences on percentages of moisture and cholesterol content in the different commercial cuts. However, there was no difference on crude protein, crude fat and ash values. Results showed a lower percentage of lipids and cholesterol content in comparison with the meat of other species.
Cet ouvrage dédié au Capybara a pour objectif de faciliter, en milieu spécialisé sur les animaux de faune sauvage, l’obtention de clichés radiographiques de qualité, ainsi que leur interprétation. Après une partie consacrée à la présentation du Capybara, on rappelle le principe de l’examen radiographique et donne les réglages utilisés. Les radiographies, présentées en deux exemplaires (avec et sans légende) sont accompagnées des photographies détaillées de la structure osseuse correspondante....
Full Text Available En este trabajo se presentan los resultados del estudio de los restos arqueofaunísticos procedentes del sitio Paso del Tala (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. Los mismos evidencian la ocupación por parte de grupos prehispánicos en el sector de islas de la llanura aluvial del Paraná Medio durante el Holoceno tardío (356 ± 41 años AP. Se realizó la estimación de la composición anatómica y taxonómica de los conjuntos; se examinaron diferentes aspectos tafonómicos y se evaluaron las modificaciones antrópicas. Los resultados indican que los taxones que habrían sido más explotados por estos grupos están representados principalmente por aquellos característicos de los ambientes fluviales de la zona. Entre ellos se destaca la presencia de especímenes correspondientes a distintas especies de peces, seguidos por mamíferos y roedores, entre los que es importante mencionar la presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris. Los trabajos de campo permitieron recuperar además del material faunístico, objeto de análisis en el presente trabajo, abundante cantidad de material cerámico, seguido por restos de carbón, material lítico, entre otros. Palabras clave: Zooarqueología, Cazadores-recolectores-pescadores, Llanura aluvial del Paraná Medio, Sector de Islas, Holoceno tardío. Zooarchaeological study of faunal remains from Paso del Tala site (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina Abstract This paper presents the analysis of faunal assemblages from Paso del Tala site (Goya, Corrientes, Argentina. This provides new information about hunter-gatherer-fisher occupations in Middle Parana islands during the Late Holocene (356 ± 41 years BP. Remains were identified with regard to anatomy and taxonomy. The focus of the analysis was to differentiate anthropic modification and the action of other agents or taphonomic processes. As a result, the importance of fluvial resources was inferred. Among the taxa that have been identified, fishes, mammals and rodents
Marcelo Bahia Labruna
Full Text Available In the present study, we provide new tick records from Vilhena Municipality, in the Southeast of the State of Rondônia, Northern Brazil. Ticks collected from a capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli (1 female, and Amblyomma sp. (1 larva. Ticks collected from a harpy eagle, Harpia harpyja (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius (16 nymphs and Haemaphysalis juxtakochi Cooley (1 nymph. Ticks collected from a yellow-footed tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulada (Linnaeus, were identified as Amblyomma rotundatum Koch (10 females, 2 nymphs, and Amblyomma sp. (2 larvae. The present record of A. romitii is the first in the State of Rondônia, and represents the southernmost record for this tick species, indicating that its distribution area is much larger than currently recognized. Although both A. cajennense and H. juxtakochi have been reported parasitizing various bird species, we provide the first tick records on a harpy eagle. A. rotundatum is widespread in the State of Rondônia, and has been previously reported on the yellow-footed tortoise. The present records increase the tick fauna of Rondônia to 26 species.O presente estudo relata novos achados de carrapatos provenientes do Município de Vilhena, Sudeste do Estado de Rondônia, na região Norte do Brasil. Carrapatos colhidos de uma capivara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma romitii Tonelli-Rondelli (1 fêmea e Amblyomma sp. (1 larva. Carrapatos colhidos de uma águia harpia, Harpia harpyja (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius (16 ninfas e Haemaphysalis juxtakochi Cooley (1 ninfa. Carrapatos colhidos de um jabuti, Chelonoidis denticulada (Linnaeus, foram identificados como Amblyomma rotundatum Koch (10 fêmeas, 2 ninfas e Amblyomma sp. (2 larvas. O presente achado de A. romitii é o primeiro no Estado de Rondônia, representando o achado mais
Full Text Available A model was constructed to predict monthly birth probabilities using mammalian fertility data. We used a sample of 147 female capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris hunted on a farm on Marajó Island, Brazil. In the model each month was treated as a multinomial with six cells representing the six possible reproductive states (five months gestation. A hypothesis test was carried out to see whether a cosine curve would fit the birth probabilities. The results offer no support for a seasonal component (F2,9 = 1.84, P = 0.21, whereas results from a direct census do (F3,23 = 87.29, P < 0.01. Some hunting techniques were biased towards killing pregnant females (χ(21= 7.2, P< 0.01, thereby spreading reproduction throughout the year (F2,9 = 1.84, P = 0.21. The model remained a powerful predictive tool to be used with mammalian fertility data as long as the data are not biased towards pregnant females.
Full Text Available Abstract Background Illegal hunting is one of the major threats to vertebrate populations in tropical regions. This unsustainable practice has serious consequences not only for the target populations, but also for the dynamics and structure of tropical ecosystems. Generally, in cases of suspected illegal hunting, the only evidence available is pieces of meat, skin or bone. In these cases, species identification can only be reliably determined using molecular technologies. Here, we reported an investigative study of three cases of suspected wildlife poaching in which molecular biology techniques were employed to identify the hunted species from remains of meat. Findings By applying cytochrome b (cyt-b and cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI molecular markers, the suspected illegal poaching was confirmed by the identification of three wild species, capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, Chaco Chachalaca (Ortalis canicollis and Pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus. In Brazil, hunting is a criminal offense, and based on this evidence, the defendants were found guilty and punished with fines; they may still be sentenced to prison for a period of 6 to 12 months. Conclusions The genetic analysis used in this investigative study was suitable to diagnose the species killed and solve these criminal investigations. Molecular forensic techniques can therefore provide an important tool that enables local law enforcement agencies to apprehend illegal poachers.
Byrne, María Soledad; Quintana, Rubén Darío; Bolkovic, María Luisa; Cassini, Marcelo H; Túnez, Juan Ignacio
The capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, is an herbivorous rodent widely distributed throughout most of South American wetlands that lives closely associated with aquatic environments. In this work, we studied the genetic structure of the capybara throughout part of its geographic range in Argentina using a DNA fragment of the mitochondrial control region. Haplotypes obtained were compared with those available for populations from Paraguay and Venezuela. We found 22 haplotypes in 303 individuals. Hierarchical AMOVAs were performed to evaluate the role of river drainages in shaping the genetic structure of capybara populations at the regional and basin scales. In addition, two landscape genetic models, isolation by distance and isolation by resistance, were used to test whether genetic distance was associated with Euclidean distance (i.e. isolation by distance) or river corridor distance (i.e. isolation by resistance) at the basin scale. At the regional scale, the results of the AMOVA grouping populations by mayor river basins showed significant differences between them. At the basin scale, we also found significant differences between sub-basins in Paraguay, together with a significant correlation between genetic and river corridor distance. For Argentina and Venezuela, results were not significant. These results suggest that in Paraguay, the current genetic structure of capybaras is associated with the lack of dispersion corridors through permanent rivers. In contrast, limited structuring in Argentina and Venezuela is likely the result of periodic flooding facilitating dispersion.
Silva-Iturriza, Adriana; Nassar, Jafet M; García-Rawlins, Ariany M; Rosales, Romel; Mijares, Alfredo
Trypanosoma evansi is a mammal generalist protozoon which causes negative effects on health and productivity in bovine and equine herds in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. By molecular methods, we screened the presence of that parasite together with other trypanosome species in 105 bats of 10 species collected in arid zones of northern Venezuela. The first molecular approach was fluorescent fragment length barcoding (FFLB), which relies on amplification of relative small regions of rRNA genes (four loci) and fluorescence detection. By FFLB, 17 samples showed patterns of possible trypanosomatid infections. These samples were used to test presence of trypanosomes by PCR using the following DNA markers: V7-V8 SSU rRNA, gGAPDH and kDNA minicircle regions. Only in one individual of the nectar-feeding bat, Leptonycteris curasoae, we were able to amplify 1000bp of the trypanosome kDNA minicircle. That PCR product was sequenced and the parasite species was determined by NCBI-BLAST and phylogenetic analysis. Both analyses showed that the minicircle sequence corresponds to Trypanosoma evansi. The phylogenetic analysis of the sequence obtained in this study clustered with a T. evansi sequence obtained in a Venezuelan capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, and distant of others two T. evansi sequences obtained in a Colombian capybara and horse. This result supports the hypothesis of multiple origins of T. evansi in South America.
Miglino, M A; Carter, A M; dos Santos Ferraz, R H; Fernandes Machado, M R
Placentae of three hystricimorph rodents--capybara, agouti and paca--were examined by conventional histology, immunohistochemistry for cytokeratin and vimentin, and TUNEL staining. The placentae were divided into lobules of labyrinthine syncytium separated by interlobular and marginal trophoblast. The subplacenta comprised cytotrophoblasts, supported on lamellae of allantoic mesoderm, and syncytiotrophoblast. The central excavation was still apparent in the definitive placenta of capybara. In agouti and paca, the decidua of the junctional zone formed a mesoplacenta comprising a capsule and a pedicle. Towards term the pedicle formed a tenuous attachment between placenta and uterine wall comprising a few maternal vessels surrounded by degraded tissue. In paca placenta, it was shown by TUNEL staining that breakdown of this tissue occurred by apoptosis. The visceral yolk sac was highly villous and, in agouti, the yolk sac villi were extremely long. Lateral to its attachment to the placenta, the fetal surface was covered with non-vascular yolk sac endoderm. A layer of spongiotrophoblast cells was interposed between the endoderm and the marginal trophoblast.
Full Text Available Os autores referem inicialmente que os ciliados da capivara (Hydrochoerus capibara L. são conhecidos pelos estudos de MARQUES DA CUNHA & MUNIZ bem como de FLÁVIO DA FONSECA. Fazem o estudo em material recentemente colhido em viagem ao Brasil e agradecem às pessoas que facilitaram êstes estudos. Dizem das técnicas usadas na coleta e estudo do material. Trabalhando o material colecionado em uma capivara sacrificada em Ribeirão Prêto estudam os representantes da família Cycloposthidae. Dividem as espécies do gênero Cycloposthium em três secções: a primeira com C. hydrochoeri Cunha, 1915; a segunda com C. minutum Cunha & Muniz, 1927; C. lenticularis sp. n. e C. elongatum sp. n.; a terceira com C. caudatum Cunha & Muniz, 1927 e C. compressum Cunha 1915 incluidas em novo subgênero: Diplolophus. Estudam pormenorisadamente C. hydrochoeri fazendo numerosas observações da morfologia em exemplares de preparação total, bem como em cortes. Na segunda secção dão a diagnose das 3 espécies nela incluídas, das quais duas novas para a ciência: C. lenticularis, com corpo quase tão largo como longo, 40 a 60 μ de comprimento por 40 a 45 μ de largura e processos caudais muito curtos ora acuminados ora arredondados. C. elongatum, de tamanho relativamente grande, medindo de comprimetno 160 a 200 μ por 60 a 90 μ de largura. Para a terceira secção estabelecem um novo subgênero - Diplolophus - com D.(D. compressum e D.(D. caudatum. O subgênero é caracterisado, principalmente, por serem os cirros adorais distribuídos em duas espirais: uma interna e outra mais externa. Finalisando o trabalho fazem comentários sôbre os componentes da família Cycloposthidae.
Roberto de Oliveira Roça
Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo desenvolver alguns produtos, como paleta e copa defumadas, em escala de laboratório, com a carne de capivara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, e empregar a técnica de maturação da carne por meio da utilização de cloreto de cálcio. Inicialmente procedeu-se a verificação da composição centesimal na carne in natura, e posteriormente realizou-se a avaliação sensorial e a determinação da composição centesimal dos produtos obtidos pelos seguintes tratamentos: Tratamento A - paleta defumada, submetida à maturação inicial com cloreto de cálcio; Tratamento B - paleta defumada sem a maturação inicial; Tratamento C - copa defumada, submetida à maturação inicial com cloreto de cálcio e; Tratamento D - copa defumada sem a maturação inicial. A carne in natura de capivara apresentou composição média de 76,59% de umidade, 0,90% de resíduo mineral fixo, 20,04% de proteína e 0,91% de extrato etéreo. Os produtos elaborados apresentaram, em média: 67,72% de umidade, 2,16% de resíduo mineral fixo, 24,93% de proteína e 2,77% de extrato etéreo. Os produtos defumados de carne de capivara não apresentam diferenças quanto ao aroma, sabor, aroma estranho e sabor estranho. A paleta defumada apresenta-se mais macia e suculenta do que a copa defumada. A utilização de cloreto de cálcio cinco horas após o abate não tem efeitos significativos nos atributos sensoriais.The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris is a herbivore rodent, semiaquatic, and lives in a herd. It's docile with simple adaptation in confinament, and produces meat and skin of high quality. This research was designed to study the elaboration of smoked palette and smoked neck, in laboratory scale, utilizing calcium chloride marination. Chemical analysis of the capybara meat, chemical and sensorial analyses of a sensorial product were performed. The treatments were: A - smoked palette with marination; B - smoked palette without
Felipe Maia Garcias
Full Text Available Uma população de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris foi monitorada na região limítrofe entre a Estação Ecológica do Taim e áreas de cultivo de arroz no extremo sul do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. O objetivo foi caracterizar a estrutura populacional, a densidade e os períodos reprodutivos da capivara na Estação Ecológica do Taim, RS, e em seu entorno. De agosto de 2003 a agosto de 2005, foram realizados 25 censos de contagem direta, em um transecto de 4.000 metros de comprimento, às margens da Lagoa Mangueira. Foi obtida a abundância de animais segundo seu sexo e classe etária. A abundância foi de 608,6±27,9 indivíduos e a densidade média foi de 5,1±0,2ind. ha-1. Houve variação no número de animais do primeiro para o segundo ano de amostragem, sendo significativamente maior no último. Foram identificados, em média, 22,0±0,8 grupos na área, constituídos predominantemente de fêmeas adultas (47,5%, seguidas de juvenis (24,8%, filhotes (17% e machos adultos (7,7%. A abundância de animais variou segundo a distribuição espacial, sendo maior no interior da Estação Ecológica do Taim (9,5ind. ha-1. Houve flutuações sazonais no recrutamento da população, tendo suas maiores densidades de filhotes no outono.A capybara population (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris was monitored in a borderline region between Taim Ecological Station and southernmost areas of rice cultivation located in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil. The aim of this study was to characterize the structure, density, and reproductive periods of this population. A total of 25 censuses, obtained through direct count technique, were performed from August 2003 to August 2005. The samplings were performed in a 4000-meter length transect on the margins of Mangueira lagoon. The abundance was obtained considering the sex and age class of the animals. The abundance registered was of 608.6±27.9 individuals, and the average density was 5.1±0.2ind. ha-1. A
López Arévalo Hugo Fernando
Full Text Available Se analizó el comportamiento de la dinámica de poblaciones silvestres de chigüiros bajo diferentes condiciones del hábitat y presiones antrópicas, y se formuló una herramienta técnica para apoyar la gestión de manejo que realiza la autoridad ambiental regional relacionada con el aprovechamiento sostenible y la conservación de la especie. Se generó un modelo de simulación determinístico que representa la dinámica de poblaciones silvestres de chigüiros, como resultado de procesos biológicos de natalidad y mortalidad, y del aprovechamiento extractivo anual de individuos en hatos de los municipios de Paz de Ariporo y Hato Corozal (Casanare, Colombia. Una interfase fue diseñada para facilitar el uso del modelo y construir escenarios para simular diferentes alternativas de manejo. El modelo fue usado para evaluar el efecto a largo plazo de la cosecha o extracción de individuos mediante la caza comercial, la cosecha selectiva de adultos por sexos, la presencia de adecuaciones y la variación del área de hábitat adecuado disponible sobre la tendencia de abundancia de tres poblaciones silvestres de chigüiros en la zona de estudio. Las simulaciones realizadas bajo los diferentes escenarios permitieron establecer las distintas respuestas de cada población a los cambios realizados en la tasa de cosecha y el área de hábitat y así recomendar acciones de manejo. Los escenarios evaluados destacan la importancia de hacer una extracción selectiva de adultos por sexos para realizar un aprovechamiento sostenible de la población y garantizarsu conservación. Así mismo, se destaca la importancia de mantener mayores áreas con hábitat adecuado.
Sérgio Luiz Gama Nogueira-Filho
Full Text Available The objective was to determine the nitrogen-protein, calcium and phosphorus requirements of adult capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris bred in captivity through a nutritional balance study under conditions that favored the occurrence of cecotrophy. In a completely randomized design with four replicates per treatment, 16 adult female capybaras were fed isocaloric diets containing four levels of nitrogen (11.4, 12.3, 15.4 and 18.4 g N/kg dry matter-DM; calcium (3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 g Ca/kg-DM; and phosphorus (2.0, 2.3, 2.7 and 3.0 g P/kg-DM. After 10 days of adaptation, the collection of feces was carried out for five consecutive days. Immediately following fecal collection, the animals were housed in metabolic cages for two days for urine collection. During the fecal collection, capybaras were observed to perform on average 0.32±0.27 cecotrophy acts per hour. Regression analyses allowed for estimating daily requirements of 0.25 g digestible nitrogen/kg LW0.75, which equals 1.56 g of digestible protein/kg LW0.75. Likewise, the available calcium and phosphorus requirements in 0.30 g Ca/kg LW0.75 and 0.15 g P/kg LW0.75 were estimated. The requirements of digestible nitrogen, as well as those of available calcium and phosphorus for the maintenance of capybaras are lower than those of domestic and other wild animal species with zootechnical potential.
Puker, Anderson; Correa, César M A; Korasaki, Vanesca; Ferreira, Kleyton R; Oliveira, Naiara G
The capybara, Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris (L.) (Rodentia: Caviidae), is the largest herbivorous rodent on Earth and abundant in the Neotropical region, which can provide a stable food source of dung for dung beetle communities (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). However, the use of capybara dung by dung beetles is poorly known. Here, we present data on the structure of the dung beetle community attracted to capybara dung and compare with the community attracted to human feces. Dung beetles were captured with pitfall traps baited with fresh capybara dung and human feces in pastures with exotic grass (Brachiaria spp.), patches of Brazilian savanna (Cerrado), and points of degraded riparian vegetation along the Aquidauana river in Anastácio and Aquidauana, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. In traps baited with human feces, 13,809 individuals of 31 species were captured, and in those baited with capybara dung 1,027 individuals belonging to 26 species were captured. The average number of individuals and species captured by the traps baited with human feces was greater than for capybara dung in all habitats studied. Composition of the communities attracted to human feces and capybara dung formed distinct groups in all habitats. Despite the smaller number of species and individuals captured in capybara dung when compared with human feces, capybara dung was attractive to dung beetles. In Brazil, the legalization of hunting these rodents has been debated, which would potentially affect the community and consequently the ecological functions performed by dung beetles that use the feces of these animals as a resource. In addition, the knowledge of the communities associated with capybaras may be important in predicting the consequences of future management of their populations.
Full Text Available Different works have registered the number of mammal species within the natural habitats of the Pantanal based on currently known records, with species richness ranging from 89 to 152 of annotated occurrences. Our present list sums 174 species. However, at least three factors have to be emphasised to deal with recorded numbers: 1 to establish the ecotone limit between the floodplain (which is the Pantanal and its neighbouring domain like the Cerrado, besides the existence of maps recently produced; 2 the lack of intensive surveys, especially on small mammals, rodents and marsupials; and 3 the constant taxonomic revision on bats, rodents and marsupials. Some species are very abundant - for example the capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris and the crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous, and some are rare, and others are still intrinsically rare - for example, the bush dog Speothos venaticus. Abundance of species is assumed to reflect ecological resources of the habitat. Local diversity and number of individuals of wild rodents and marsupials also rely on the offering of ecological resources and behavioural specialisation to microhabitat components. A large number of species interact with the type of the vegetation of the habitat, by means of habitat selection through active patterns of ecological behaviour, resulting on dependency on arboreal and forested habitats of the Pantanal. In addition, mammals respond to seasonal shrinking-and-expansion of habitats due to flooding regime of the Pantanal. The highest number of species is observed during the dry season, when there is a considerable expansion of terrestrial habitats, mainly seasonally flooded grassland. Major threats to mammal species are the loss and alteration of habitats due to human intervention, mainly deforestation, unsustainable agricultural and cattle-ranching practices, which convert the natural vegetation into pastures. The Pantanal still harbours about a dozen of species officially listened
Baía Jr, Pedro Chaves; Guimarães, Diva Anelie; Le Pendu, Yvonnick
In tropical forests, wild game meat represents an option or the only protein source for some human populations. This study analyzed the wildlife meat trade destined to human consumption in an open market of the Amazon rainforest, Brazil. Wildlife meat trade was monitored during 2005 through interviews to vendors and consumers in order to evaluate the socioeconomic profile of the sellers, the main species and byproducts sold, their geographical origin, commercial value, frequency of sale and product demand. Data indicated that vendors were financially highly dependant of this activity, getting a monthly income up to US$271.49. During the survey, the amount of wildlife meat on sale added a total of 5 970kg, as follows: 63.2% capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris), 34.4% cayman (Melanosuchus niger and/or Caiman crocodilus crocodilus), 1.1% paca (Cuniculus paca); 0.6% armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), 0.5% deer (Mazama americana), 0.2% matamata (Chelus fimbriatus), and 0.1% opossum (Didelphis marsupialis). Most of the commercialized species were not slaughtered locally. The consumption of wildlife meat was admitted by 94% of the interviewed, consisting of 27 ethno-species: 19 mammals, 6 reptiles, and 2 birds. The same percentage of the interviewed (94%) already bought wildlife meat of 18 species: 12 mammals and 6 reptiles. The great amount of wildlife meat traded and the important demand for these products by the local population, point out the necessity to adopt policies for a sustainable management of cinegetic species, guaranteeing the conservation of the environment, the improvement of living standards, and the maintenance of the local culture.
Full Text Available En la Amazonía peruana, las islas son áreas potenciales para el manejo y conservación de la fauna silvestre, al menos así lo demuestran los resultados obtenidos en primates. Este estudio tuvo como finalidad actualizar la información existente sobre la densidad poblacional y el estado actual de Saguinus labiatus y de Saguinus mystax introducidas en la Isla Muyuy y Padre Isla con fines de manejo. También hemos evaluado otros componentes de la fauna silvestre sujetos a la caza con fines de subsistencia, cuyos resultados permitirán la formulación de planes de manejo y el uso sostenible con participación comunitaria. Con este propósito hemos conducido censos por transecto entre enero y marzo del 2012 en la Isla Muyuy y enero, setiembre y octubre del 2012 en Padre Isla. Los resultados indican la existencia de 386 individuos de S. labiatus agrupados en 35 grupos sociales en la Isla Muyuy y de 583 individuos de S. mystax agrupados en 45 grupos en Padre Isla. Ambas especies fueron encontradas conviviendo con Saguinus nigrifrons en igual número de grupos sociales. La densidad poblacional para S. labiatus fue estimada en 16,5 individuos/km2 y para S. mystax en 71,3 individuos/km2. En S. mystax, el crecimiento promedio anual de la población fue 3,3%. Entre los otros componentes evaluados, se resalta la presencia de Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris con 9,0 individuos/km2 equivalente a 271,8 kg de biomasa entre ambas islas.
Alho, C J R; Camargo, G; Fischer, E
Different works have registered the number of mammal species within the natural habitats of the Pantanal based on currently known records, with species richness ranging from 89 to 152 of annotated occurrences. Our present list sums 174 species. However, at least three factors have to be emphasised to deal with recorded numbers: 1) to establish the ecotone limit between the floodplain (which is the Pantanal) and its neighbouring domain like the Cerrado, besides the existence of maps recently produced; 2) the lack of intensive surveys, especially on small mammals, rodents and marsupials; and 3) the constant taxonomic revision on bats, rodents and marsupials. Some species are very abundant--for example the capybara Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris and the crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous, and some are rare, and others are still intrinsically rare--for example, the bush dog Speothos venaticus. Abundance of species is assumed to reflect ecological resources of the habitat. Local diversity and number of individuals of wild rodents and marsupials also rely on the offering of ecological resources and behavioural specialisation to microhabitat components. A large number of species interact with the type of the vegetation of the habitat, by means of habitat selection through active patterns of ecological behaviour, resulting on dependency on arboreal and forested habitats of the Pantanal. In addition, mammals respond to seasonal shrinking-and-expansion of habitats due to flooding regime of the Pantanal. The highest number of species is observed during the dry season, when there is a considerable expansion of terrestrial habitats, mainly seasonally flooded grassland. Major threats to mammal species are the loss and alteration of habitats due to human intervention, mainly deforestation, unsustainable agricultural and cattle-ranching practices, which convert the natural vegetation into pastures. The Pantanal still harbours about a dozen of species officially listened as in danger.
Full Text Available The social interactions among ten captive capybaras (hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, 8 males and 2 females, captives in an area from 5 X 9 m. were studied. There exist one dominant male sexualy prefered by females. Agression does not seem to affect the social cohesion and the scent mark does not generate territoriality in the group. The anus-genital olfaction is not exclusive between individuals oí the same sex and does not seem to be useful in the detection oí oestral behaviour in females, There in a high sexual selectivity between individuals oí different sexo There was a good harmony and tolerance among the group oí capybaras¡ depending oí social and environmental
Fueron estudiadas las interrelaciones sociales en un grupo de 10 chigüiros (8 machos y 2 hembras mantenidos en confinamiento en un área de 5 X 9 m. Existe dominancia social por parte de un macho al cual las hembras prefieren sexualmente. La agresión no parece afectar la cohesión social, así como la señalización (marcación social no genera territorialidad dentro del grupo. La olfación social a nivel anogenital no es exclusiva entre individuos de diferente sexo y no parece ser útil para establecer la conducta de estro en
las hembras. Existe una alta selectividad en cuanto a la direccionalidad de las interacciones entre ellos, siendo de máxima importancia aquellas que tienen que ver con la reproducción. La armonía y tolerancia social dentro del
grupo fue buena. Estos patrones de conducta hacen del chigüiro una especie susceptible de criar en altas densidades.
Miranda, Jorge; Mattar, Salim
The purpose of this study was to provide molecular evidence of Rickettsia spp. in ticks collected from 2 sites of Cordoba. From May to June 2009, 1069 Amblyomma cajennense ticks were removed from 40 capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) in a rural locality of Monteria. Furthermore, 458 Amblyomma sp. larvae and 20 Amblyomma sp. nymphs were collected in a rural locality of Los Cordobas (Cordoba) by drag sampling on vegetation (n=1547). Ticks were grouped into pools and tested for rickettsial infection by real-time PCR targeting the rickettsial gene gltA. Subsequently, PCR targeting for gltA, ompA, ompB, and 16S rRNA, sequencing, and phylogenetic analyses were undertaken. Rickettsial DNA was detected in 10 (4.6%) out of 214 pools of ticks by RT-PCR. Five (33%) of free-living Amblyomma sp. larval pools were positive, as well as 5 (2.6%) pools from A. cajennense. Only the gltA gene was amplified from 5 pools of free-living larvae. The nucleotide sequences were 100% identical to R. bellii by BLAST. Only one pool from A. cajennense was positive for gltA, ompA, ompB, and 16S rRNA. The partial nucleotide sequences of these genes were 100% identical to nucleotide sequences of the same genes of a new proposed species Candidatus Rickettsia sp. strain Colombianensi. This is the first report of R. bellii in ticks in Colombia and the second report of detection of Candidatus Rickettsia sp. strain Colombianensi. These Rickettsia species are still considered of unknown pathogenicity. Further studies are needed to characterize the ecological and potential pathogenic role of these 2 Rickettsia species found in Cordoba.
Nava, Santiago; Venzal, José M; Labruna, Marcelo B; Mastropaolo, Mariano; González, Enrique M; Mangold, Atilio J; Guglielmone, Alberto A
We supply information about hosts and distribution of Amblyomma dubitatum. In addition, we carry out an analysis of genetic divergence among specimens of A. dubitatum from different localities and with respect to other Neotropical Amblyomma species, using sequences of 16S rDNA gene. Although specimens of A. dubitatum were collected on several mammal species as cattle horse, Tapirus terrestris, Mazama gouazoubira, Tayassu pecari, Sus scrofa, Cerdocyon thous, Myocastor coypus, Allouata caraya, Glossophaga soricina and man, most records of immature and adult stages of A. dubitatum were made on Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, making this rodent the principal host for all parasitic stages of this ticks. Cricetidae rodents (Lundomys molitor, Scapteromys tumidus), opossums (Didelphis albiventris) and vizcacha (Lagostomus maximus) also were recorded as hosts for immature stages. All findings of A. dubitatum correspond to localities of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and they were concentrated in the Biogeographical provinces of Pampa, Chaco, Cerrado, Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Parana Forest and Araucaria angustifolia Forest. The distribution of A. dubitatum is narrower than that of its principal host, therefore environmental variables rather than hosts determine the distributional ranges of this tick. The intraspecific genetic divergence among 16S rDNA sequences of A. dubitatum ticks collected in different localities from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay was in all cases lower than 0.8%, whereas the differences with the remaining Amblyomma species included in the analysis were always bigger than 6.8%. Thus, the taxonomic status of A. dubitatum along its distribution appears to be certain at the specific level.
Full Text Available Aim: The vulnerability of tropical developing countries to the emerging disease constitutes a critical phenomenon in which the invasion of wild niches by human hosts, contributes to expansion of zoonotic diseases, such as the Brazilian spotted fever (BSF. This study performed a diagnosis of species occurrence of their hosts (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris and vectors (Amblyomma sculptum and Amblyomma dubitatum on the warning area for this reemerging disease in Brazil. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in a warning area for BSF in the city of Americana, São Paulo state. The occurrence of capybaras was registered by use of binoculars and GPS equipment and 24 acarological researches were performed through 180 CO2 traps. Samples of adult ticks were dissected for salivary glands removal, DNA extraction, and evaluation by polymerase chain reaction (PCR being tested by initial gltA-PCR, ompA-PCR, and Rickettsia bellii-specific PCR, with the positive samples subjected to sequencing. Results: Eleven clusters of capybaras (total of 71 individuals, were observed along the riparian of Ribeirão Quilombo and 7,114 specimens of A. sculptum and 7,198 specimens of A. dubitatum were collected in this same area. About 568 samples of adult ticks were dissected for salivary glands removal, DNA extraction and evaluation by gltA-PCR, with results of 1.94% (11/568 of positive samples. Results for the initial gltA-PCR indicated none positive sample to Rickettsia species into A. sculptum and 11 positive samples to A. dubitatum. These samples were negative to the ompA-PCR and positive to the Rickettsia bellii-specific PCR protocol and subjected to DNA sequencing, whose result indicated 100% similarity to Rickettsia bellii. The distribution of tick species A. sculptum and A. dubitatum was configured regarding to the biotic potential of the riparian areas, measuring the risks for BSF in peri-urban areas of Americana. Conclusion: These results confirmed a status of
Valores hematológicos e identificação morfo-citoquímica de células sangüíneas de capivaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochoeris parasitadas por carrapatos e capivaras livres de infestação - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i1.2116 Hematological values and morpho-cytochemical blood cells identification of tick parasited capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochoeris and capybaras free of parasitism - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i1.2116
Antenor Aguiar Santos
Full Text Available Amostras de sangue foram colhidas de 37 capivaras parasitadas por carrapatos e de 21 capivaras livres de infestação para a identificação dos diferentes tipos celulares circulantes e para realização de hemograma. Após análise morfológica, as células sangüíneas foram identificadas como heterófilos, eosinófilos, basófilos, linfócitos, monócitos e plaquetas. A reação de PAS demonstrou glicogênio no citoplasma dos heterófilos e plaquetas. Reação positiva para mieloperoxidase e lipídeos foi demonstrada apenas nos grânulos citoplasmáticos esféricos dos heterófilos e em todos os grânulos citoplasmáticos dos eosinófilos. O método do azul de bromofenol revelou reação fortemente positiva nos grânulos de heterófilos, eosinófilos, basófilos e nas hemácias. Reação positiva para fosfatase alcalina foi observada nos heterófilos e eosinófilos. Os valores hematimétricos que mostraram diferenças estatisticamente significantes (p6/µL e 2,81±0,62 x 106/µL, hematócrito (48.14±4.75% e 41,22±6.21%, e, na contagem diferencial, os heterófilos (39,38±11,02% e 16,14±7,13% e, eosinófilos (8,57±3,78% and 21,92±10,24%. Os carrapatos foram identificados como Amblyomma cajenense and Amblyomma cooperi. As capivaras altamente infestadas por esses carrapatos apresentaram anemia e uma eosinofilia marcante.Blood samples were collected from thirty seven adult parasited capybaras and twenty one free of parasitism aiming the characterization of different circulating cell types and complete hemogram. After a morphological analysis, the blood cells were identified as heterophils, eosinophils, basophils, lymphocytes, monocytes and platelets. The PAS reaction revealed glycogen in heterophils and platelets cytoplasm. A positive reaction was found only in heterophils round granules and in all cytoplasmic granules of eosinophils for the demonstration of myeloperoxidase activity and lipids. The bromofenol blue method revealed strong positivity in heterophils, eosinophils, basophils granules and red blood cells. A positive reaction for alkaline phosphatase was observed in eosinophils and heterophils. The blood parameters studied showed statistic differences (p6/µL and 2,81±0,62 x 106/µL , haematocrit (48.14±4.75% and 41,22±6.21% and heterophils (39,38±11,02% and 16,14±7,13% /eosinophils (8,57±3,78% and 21,92±10,24% in differential count. In this case the ticks involved in the parasitism of these capybaras were identified as Amblyomma cajenense and Amblyomma cooperi. These data showed that the highly infested capybaras presented some anemia and a remarkable eosinophilia.
Roberto Magalhães Pinto
Full Text Available The avian eye trematode Philophthalmus lachrymosus Braun, 1902 is for the first time referred naturally occurring in a non-human mammalian host. Previously, natural infections with P. lachrymosus and other species of Philophthalmus have been occasionally reported from man, with few data on experimental infections of non-human mammals. Results presented here are related to the report of two cases of philophthalmosis due to natural infections of wild Brazilian capybaras, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris L., 1766 with P. lachrymosus and associated pathology. Clinical signs, gross and microscopic lesions as well as new morphometric data on the parasite are presented.
Felipe, A. E.
conformada por tejido conectivo en disposición plexiforme, en el cual las fibras se orientaron en todas direcciones. Se observaron también fibras elásticas y argentófilas. En los ejemplares estudiados fue posible identificar todos los tipos foliculares y determinar la presencia de distintos grados de atresia correspondientes a folículos en diferentes etapas de desarrollo. Los folículos en crecimiento (secundarios atrésicos se caracterizaron por el engrosamiento de la zona pelúcida, la vacuolización citoplasmática de células foliculares, picnosis, vacuolización de la teca interna y tejido conectivo de sustitución. Con respecto a las estructuras consideradas como cuerpos lúteos, pudieron establecerse y caracterizarse tres grados de desarrollo de los mismos (inicial, medio y maduro así como determinarse diferentes estadíos de regresión o atresia. Todos los ovarios del coipo contuvieron cuerpos lúteos accesorios. Los mismos se diferenciaron de los verdaderos por su menor tamaño y la persistencia de un remanente ovocitario con una zona pelúcida degenerada. El diámetro medio de estas estructuras fue de 273.44 ± 78.22 mm. Las observaciones presentadas en este trabajo indican que el ovario de coipos sexualmente maduros es semejante al de otros mamíferos como la chinchilla (Chinchilla laniger, el cobayo (Cavia sp., la casiragua (Proechimys guairae, el carpincho (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, la mara (Dolichotis patagonum, el aguti (Dasyprocta aguti, el puercoespín africano austral (Hystrix africaeaustralis y el puercoespín africano común (Atherurus africanus. In the present investigation mature females of coypu (Myocastor coypus were used to determine the anatomic and histomorphologic features of the ovaries. As in all mammals, the ovary was suspended from the dorsal wall of the peritoneal cavity by the mesovarium. In the studied animals, the mesovarium did not form a bursa. The ovary of the coypu is similar to the ovary of other adult hystricomorph rodents: it
Figueiredo Luiz Tadeu Moraes
Full Text Available Specimens of ticks were collected in 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998, mostly from wild and domestic animals in the Southeast and Mid-West regions of Brazil. Nine species of Amblyommidae were identified: Anocentor nitens, Amblyomma cajennense, Amblyomma ovale, Amblyomma fulvum, Amblyomma striatum, Amblyomma rotundatum, Boophilus microplus, Boophilus annulatus, and Rhipicephalus sanguineus. The potential of these tick species as transmitters of pathogens to man was analyzed. A Flaviviridade Flavivirus was isolated from Amblyomma cajennense specimens collected from a sick capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. Amblyomma cajennense is the main transmitter of Rickettsia rickettsii (=R. rickettsi, the causative agent of spotted fever in Brazil. Wild mammals, mainly capybaras and deer, infested by ticks and living in close contact with cattle, horses and dogs, offer the risk of transmission of wild zoonosis to these domestic animals and to man.
Labruna, Marcelo B; de Paula, Cátia D; Lima, Thiago F; Sana, Dênis A
From June 2000 to June 2001, a total of 741 ticks were collected from 51 free-living wild animals captured at the Porto-Primavera Hydroelectric power station area, located alongside an approximately 180 km course of the Paran river, between the states of S o Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, comprising 9 species of 3 genera: Ambly-omma (7 species), Boophilus (1) and Anocentor (1). A total of 421 immature Amblyomma ticks were reared in laboratory until the adult stage, allowing identification of the species. A. cajennense was the most frequent tick species (mostly immature stages) collected on 9 host species: Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Tamandua tetradactyla,Cerdocyon thous, Puma concolor,Tayassu tajacu, Mazama gouazoubira,Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris,Alouatta caraya, Cebus apella. Other tick species were less common, generally restricted to certain host taxa.
Marcelo B Labruna
Full Text Available From June 2000 to June 2001, a total of 741 ticks were collected from 51 free-living wild animals captured at the Porto-Primavera Hydroelectric power station area, located alongside an approximately 180 km course of the Paraná river, between the states of São Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul, comprising 9 species of 3 genera: Ambly-omma (7 species, Boophilus (1 and Anocentor (1. A total of 421 immature Amblyomma ticks were reared in laboratory until the adult stage, allowing identification of the species. A. cajennense was the most frequent tick species (mostly immature stages collected on 9 host species: Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Tamandua tetradactyla,Cerdocyon thous, Puma concolor,Tayassu tajacu, Mazama gouazoubira,Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris,Alouatta caraya, Cebus apella. Other tick species were less common, generally restricted to certain host taxa.
dos Santos, Leonilda Correia; Curotto, Sandra Mara Rotter; de Moraes, Wanderlei; Cubas, Zalmir Silvino; Costa-Nascimento, Maria de Jesus; de Barros Filho, Ivan Roque; Biondo, Alexander Welker; Kirchgatter, Karin
In the present study, we have microscopically and molecularly surveyed blood samples from 11 captive capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) from the Sanctuary Zoo for Plasmodium sp. infection. One animal presented positive on blood smear by light microscopy. Polymerase chain reaction was carried out accordingly using a nested genus-specific protocol, which uses oligonucleotides from conserved sequences flanking a variable sequence region in the small subunit ribosomal RNA (ssrRNA) of all Plasmodium organisms. This revealed three positive animals. Products from two samples were purified and sequenced. The results showed less than 1% divergence between the two capybara sequences. When compared with GenBank sequences, a 55% similarity was obtained to Toxoplasma gondii and a higher similarity (73-77.2%) was found to ssrRNAs from Plasmodium species that infect reptile, avian, rodents, and human beings. The most similar Plasmodium sequence was from Plasmodium mexicanum that infects lizards of North America, where around 78% identity was found. This work is the first report of Plasmodium in capybaras, and due to the low similarity with other Plasmodium species, we suggest it is a new species, which, in the future could be denominated "Plasmodium hydrochaeri".
Diogo Jorge de Melo
Full Text Available Notoungulates were recovered from bentonitic clays of the Tremembé Formation (Taubaté Basin.Two families, three genres and two species are known so far: Leontinidae (Taubatherium paulacoutoi and ?Ancylocoelus and Notohippidae (Rhychippus brasiliensis. Analyzing the paleobiology data of this group and the geological context of the basin together, we assume that leontinids inhabited lake’s margin,occupy a niche similar to the capybara (Hydrochoerus, having amphibian habit and feeding on plants like Pteridophyta, Cyperaceae, Typhaceae, aquatic plants and with Gramineae possibilities. Although notohippids seem to forest dwellers, they probably supported selective habits, feeding on fruits, young leaves and buds.
Full Text Available In this paper the results of the studies carried out on ceramic and bone materials recorded at Cerro Tapera Vázquez site (Argentinean Northeast are presented. Taxonomic, anatomic and taphonomic studies of bone assemblages and technological-decorative analysis and refitting of pottery were undertaken. The site is located on a mound next to El Ceibo Creek, where 16 m2 were excavated in 2008. Abundant smooth, incised and modeled pottery (handles and zoomorphic appendages and numerous bones remains of Myocastor coypus (most frequent taxon, Blastocerus dichotomus, Ozotoceros bezoarticus, Cavia aperea, Leopardus geoffroyi, Lycalopex gymnocercus, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, birds and fish (Siluriformes and Characiformes were recorded. Except Cavia aperea rodent and Dusicyon gimnocercus fox, all taxa show evidence of anthropic modification (cut marks, fresh fractures and burning. Two radiocarbon dates were obtained: 650 and 520 yrs. BP. The results reached in this study lead to the conclusion that the pre-Hispanic populations that occupied Cerro Tapera Vázquez by the end of the Late Holocene were riverine canoe peoples, with complex ceramic technology and subsistence based on hunting of coypu, capybara and cervids, fishing and small-scale horticulture.
Juan-Sallés, Carles; Martínez, Liliana Sofía; Rosas-Rosas, Arely G; Parás, Alberto; Martínez, Osvaldo; Hernández, Alejandra; Garner, Michael M
Subacute and chronic mountain sickness of humans and the related brisket disease of cattle are characterized by right-sided congestive heart failure in individuals living at high altitudes as a result of sustained hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Adaptations to high altitude and disease resistance vary among species, breeds, and individuals. The authors conducted a retrospective survey of right-sided cardiac hypertrophy associated with pulmonary arterial hypertrophy or arteriosclerosis in zoo mammals housed at Africam Safari (Puebla, México), which is located at 2,100 m above sea level. Seventeen animals with detailed pathology records matched the study criterion. Included were 10 maras (Dolichotis patagonum), 2 cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus oedipus), 2 capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), and 1 case each of Bennet's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), nilgai antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah). All had right-sided cardiac hypertrophy and a variety of arterial lesions restricted to the pulmonary circulation and causing arterial thickening with narrowing of the arterial lumen. Arterial lesions most often consisted of medial hypertrophy or hyperplasia of small and medium-sized pulmonary arteries. All maras also had single or multiple elevated plaques in the pulmonary arterial trunk consisting of fibrosis, accompanied by chondroid metaplasia in some cases. Both antelopes were juvenile and died with right-sided congestive heart failure associated with severe pulmonary arterial lesions. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first description of cardiac and pulmonary arterial disease in zoo mammals housed at high altitudes.
Full Text Available The remaining portion of the Atlantic Forest within the State of Sao Paulo is highly fragmented and most of the remainders are wrapped up in an essentially agricultural mosaic. This study aims at the local surveying of non-volant mammals, including their distribution and relative abundance within the human-altered environments of campus "Luiz de Queiroz", University of Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo State, Brazil, an urbanized area bordered by two highways and the Piracicaba River. The landscape of the study area is characterized by a mosaic of small forest fragments surrounded by pastures, agriculture, and planted forests. Small mammals were captured from February to October, 2001, with an effort of 7056 day-traps, sampling the most representative environments of the campus: planted Eucalyptus (L'Héritier and Pinus (Shaw forests, native forest fragment, meadow, rubber tree (Hevea sp. plantation, agriculture and pasture area. Occurrence of medium and large frame mammals was recorded daily (morning and afternoon from November of 2000 to October of 2001 along a trail set up to merge the studied environments. Sixteen species of non-volant mammals were recorded, ten of medium or big body-size, and six of small body-size. Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 and coati (Nasua nasua (Linnaeus, 1766 were the most abundant species.
Cicero Alves Moreira
Full Text Available A note on the evolution of cow-pox virus in wild animals of Brazilian fauna. We have tried the sensibility of wild animals of Brazilian fauna to the cow-pox virus. The following specimens were submitted to experiences: Procyon cancrivorus, Hydrochoerus capybara, Cavea aperea, Coendu villosus, Didelphis aurita, Bradypus tridactylus, Euphractus sexcintus, Tamandua tetradactylus, Nasua narica, Dasyprocta aguti and Testudo tabulata. In all these animals, - excepting Bradypus tridactylus - we have obtained an infection with incubation (five days, aspect and duration similar to cow-pox of the laboratorial animals (calf and rabbit. In the Bradypus tridactylus howewer, the incubation was very long. Only after 30 days of inoculation we verified the infection with the formation of vesiculae and postulae.
Néstor Javier Mancera Rodríguez
Full Text Available Este trabajo ofrece un panorama sobre las actividades relacionadas con el comercio de bienes derivados de las especies de fauna silvestre en Colombia, abordando el tema desde el desarrollo que ha tenido su actividad productiva, el aprovechamiento extractivo, así como la dinámica de su comercio legal e ilegal en el país y el desarrollo y promoción de alternativas productivas sustentadas en su aprovechamiento. Se analizó la información secundaria de entidades como el Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, las Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales y Autoridades Ambientales Urbanas, el Instituto Colombiano de Desarrollo Rural-INCODER, las Autoridades Policiales, los Institutos de Investigación, el Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística, la Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales-DIAN, el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo, y PROEXPORT. entre otras. En Colombia, el comercio de especies de fauna silvestre está centrado principalmente en la extracción de ejemplares de forma ilegal, lo cual ha generado desequilibrios en las poblaciones naturales y ha repercutido en el deterioro de la dinámica de los ecosistemas. El comercio legal de fauna silvestre se basa en la producción de unas pocas especies entre las que se destacan la babilla (Caiman crocodilus, el chigüiro (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, cerca de 200 especies de peces ornamentales y en menor medida el lobo pollero (Tupinambis nigropunctatus, la iguana (Iguana iguana, la boa (Boa constrictor, escarabajos (Dynastes hercules y mariposas. En el país no se tiene información exacta sobre el número de incautaciones realizadas en los operativos de control al tráfico ilegal de fauna, y no existe un conocimiento de la dinámica de este comercio ilegal.This work offers a current view on the activities related to the trade of derived from the wildlife species in Colombia, approaching the topic from the development that has had its productive activity
Full Text Available Com base na abordagem etnozoológica foram resgatadas informações históricas e atuais sobre a mastofauna do município de Fênix, mesorregião centro-ocidental do estado do Paraná, sul do Brasil. Para tanto, no ano de 2004, foram realizadas entrevistas com 19 moradores locais por meio de uma conversa informal que tinham por objetivo o preenchimento de um questionário básico e a apresentação de fotografias da fauna potencial da região. Como resultado, foram registradas 39 espécies de mamíferos, sendo que destas, pelo menos seis são novos registros para a área. Informações obtidas em relação à caça indicam que esta atividade, muito comum no passado, ainda é presente, inclusive em unidades de conservação, como o Parque Estadual Vila Rica do Espírito Santo. As espécies que sofreram e sofrem maior pressão de caça são as mesmas citadas para outras partes do neotrópico. Atualmente, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 (Hydrochaeridae é a espécie mais procurada, dada à facilidade de encontrá-la em diversas áreas naturais ou parcialmente antropizadas do município. No que se refere à predação causada por animais silvestres sobre animais domésticos, quase 80% dos entrevistados relataram ter sofrido perdas em suas criações, principalmente galinhas, resultantes de ataques de carnívoros de médio porte. Dados sobre alterações temporais na composição da mastofauna também foram obtidos junto aos entrevistados, como a extinção local de alguns mamíferos de grande porte (Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758 (Felidae, Tapirus terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758 (Tapiridae e Tayassu pecari (Link, 1795 (Tayassuidae e o aumento populacional de Cebus nigritus (Goldfuss, 1809 (Cebidae e de Nasua nasua (Linnaeus 1766 (Procyonidae, supostamente relacionado ao consumo de plantações como o milho.Based on an ethnozoological approach we obtained historical and present information on the mammalian fauna of the municipality of Fênix
Fernanda S. Fortes
Full Text Available Capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris are among the main hosts of Amblyomma spp. ticks, which is able to transmit Rickettsia species to human beings and animals. Since they are often infested with potential vector ticks, capybaras may be used as sentinels for rickettsiosis, such as the Brazilian Spotted Fever. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against Rickettsia spp. using the indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA in 21 free-ranging and 10 captive animals from the Zoological Park of the 'Bela Vista Biological Sanctuary' (BVBS, Itaipu Binational, Foz do Iguaçu, Southern Brazil. Antigens of six rickettsial species already identified in Brazil (Rickettsia rickettsii, R. parkeri, R. bellii, R. rhipicephali, R. amblyommii and R. felis were used for IFA. Ticks from each capybara were collected for posterior taxonomic identification. A total of 19 (61.3% samples reacted to at least one of tested species. Seropositivity was found in 14 (45.2%, 12 (38.7%, 5 (16.1%, 4 (12.9%, 3 (9.7% and 3 (9.7% animals for R. rickettsii, R. bellii, R. parkeri, R. amblyommii, R. felis and R. rhipicephali, respectively. Two captive capybaras presented suggestive titers of R. rickettsii infection and one sample showed homologous reaction to R. parkeri. Only one free-ranging capybara presented evidence R. bellii infection. Ticks collected on capybaras were identified as Amblyomma dubitatum e Amblyomma sp. Results evidenced the rickettsial circulation in the area, suggesting a potential role of capybaras on bacterial life cycle.
Ribeiro, Antonio Augusto Coppi Maciel; Davis, Christine; Gabella, Giorgio
The superior (cranial) cervical ganglion was investigated by light microscopy in adult rats, capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) and horses. The ganglia were vascularly perfused, embedded in resin and cut into semi-thin sections. An unbiased stereological procedure (disector method) was used to estimate ganglion neuron size, total number of ganglion neurons, neuronal density. The volume of the ganglion was 0.5 mm3 in rats, 226 mm3 in capybaras and 412 mm3 in horses. The total number of neurons per ganglion was 18,800, 1,520,000 and 3,390,000 and the number of neurons per cubic millimetre was 36,700, 7,000 and 8,250 in rats, capybaras and horses, respectively. The average neuronal size (area of the largest sectional profile of a neuron) was 358, 982 and 800 microm2, and the percentage of volume occupied by neurons was 33, 21 and 17% in rats, capybaras and horses, respectively. When comparing the three species (average body weight: 200 g, 40 kg and 200 kg), most of the neuronal quantitative parameters change in line with the variation of body weight. However, the average neuronal size in the capybara deviates from this pattern in being larger than that of in the horse. The rat presented great interindividual variability in all the neuronal parameters. From the data in the literature and our new findings in the capybara and horse, we conclude that some correlations exist between average size of neurons and body size and between total number of neurons and body size. However, these correlations are only approximate and are based on averaged parameters for large populations of neurons: they are less likely to be valid if one considers a single quantitative parameter. Several quantitative features of the nervous tissue have to be taken into account together, rather than individually, when evolutionary trends related to size are considered.
Full Text Available La investigación consistió en la caracterización bromatológica y determinación microbiológica de muestras de carnes procedentes de ocho especies de animales silvestres: huangana (Tayassu pecari, majaz o picuro (Agouti paca, sajino (Tayassu tajacu, venado colorado (Mazama americana, tapir (Tapirus terrestris, añuje (Dasyprota fuliginosa, ronsoco (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris y armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus; en las localidades de Puerto Belén-Roya-Utucuro, Santa Rosa de Aguaytía, Santa Luz de Abujao, Tacshitea–Sector Parinari en dos ocasiones, ubicadas en las márgenes del río Ucayali y sus afluentes, que fueron analizarlas por la empresa Servicios de Asesoramiento Técnico S.A.C. en Lima. La caracterización bromatológica indicó que el añuje (Dasyprota fuliginosa mostró el mayor contenido en Proteína cruda seguido de la huangana (Tayassu pecari; en el contenido de grasa destacaron las especies armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus y la sachavaca (Tapirus terrestris así también en su contenido calórico. La especie venado colorado (Mazama americana mostró un mayor valor en cenizas y en carbohidratos la especie huangana (Tayassu pecari. La determinación microbiológica indicó que todas las muestras presentaron niveles de contaminación dentro de los límites permitidos para aerobios mesófilos viables y niveles de contaminación por coliformes totales, coliformes fecales, algunos muy elevados y también de mohos y levaduras. Todos presentaron ausencia de Salmonella.
S. B. Mamede
Full Text Available The Pantanal is a large savanna wetland (138,183 km² in Brazil, important for its wildlife, fed by tributaries of the upper Paraguay River, center of South America (Brazil, touching Bolivia and Paraguay. Uplands are plateaus (250-1,200 m high, 215,000 km² in Brazil and flatland is the Pantanal (80-150 m high, 147,574 km² in Brazil. Rivers are slow moving when they meet the flatland (slope 0.3-0.5 m/km east-west; 0.03-0.15 m/km north-south, periodically overflowing their banks, creating a complex seasonal habitat range. Recurrent shallow flooding occupies 80% of the Pantanal; during the dry season flooded areas dry up. Fluctuating water levels, nutrients and wildlife form a dynamic ecosystem. A flooding regime forms distinct sub-regions within the Pantanal. A mammal survey was carried out in the sub-region of the Rio Negro from April, 2003 through March, 2004 to study the diversity and abundance of terrestrial mammals during the dry and flooding seasons. A total of 36 species were observed in the field. The capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris was the most frequent species, followed by the crab-eating-fox Cerdocyon thous and the marsh deer Blastocerus dichotomus. The highest abundance of species was observed during the dry season (August and September, when there is a considerable expansion of terrestrial habitats, mainly seasonally flooded grassland. Animal abundance (in terms of observed individual frequencies varied during the dry and wet seasons and the seasonally flooded grassland was the most utilized habitat by mammals in the dry season.
Matt W Hayward
Full Text Available Documenting the impacts of the Pleistocene megafaunal extinctions on predator-prey interactions is a challenge because of the incomplete fossil record and depauperate extant community structure. We used a comparative ecological approach to investigate whether the existing prey preference patterns of jaguars Panthera onca were potentially affected by the Pleistocene extinctions in the Americas compared with large felids in Africa and Asia. We reviewed the literature and found 25 studies reporting 3214 jaguar kills recorded throughout the species’ distribution. We found that jaguars significantly preferred capybara Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris and giant anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, and avoided agoutis, carnivorans, primates, black-eared opossum Didelphis marsupialis and tapirs. Generalised linear models showed that jaguars select prey primarily based on socio-ecological and behavioural traits (abundance and herd size, rather than morphological characteristics (body size. Nonetheless, their accessible prey weight range was 6-60 kg, preferred prey weight range was 45-85 kg, and mean mass of significantly preferred prey was 32 ± 13 kg leading to a predator to prey body mass ratio of 1:0.53, which is much less than that of other solitary felids. Compared with other large, solitary felids, jaguars have an unusual predator to prey body mass ratio, show limited effect of prey morphology as a driver of prey selection, lack evidence of optimal foraging beyond their preferred prey, and an absence of preferentially hunting on Cetartiodactyla herbivores. These features, coupled with the reduction in jaguar body mass since the Pleistocene, suggest that the loss of larger potential prey items within the preferred and accessible weight ranges at the end-Pleistocene still affects jaguar predatory behaviour. It may be that jaguars survived this mass extinction event by preferentially preying on relatively small species.
Full Text Available Minilivestock, village development and the role of BEDIM.Minilivestock encompasses all animals of small site, and little-known in terras of production but usable as food, feed or revenues if not eaten. Sustainable breeding becomes possible, and should progressively replace uncontrolled gathering in the wild. Amongst vertebrates, an important meat supply is based on edible rodents like Thryonomys, Cricetomys, Xerus, Atherurus, Tenrec; Hydrochoerus, Dasyprocta, Myocastor, Capromys, Dolichotis, Agouti, etc. The saine applies to the guinea-pig Cavia porcellus and to frogs. Invertebrates farming is also practised through breeding of maggots, termites, butterflies (pupae and adults for consumption or sale; giant snails are also highly appreciated in many African countries. Minilivestock development is usually a back-yard activity, hence its interest as it relies on local species, substrates and raw materials for infrastructure. The demand for minilivestock product is high but there is still reluctance often from the official authorities, unfortunately. However minilivestock is not an utopia, and a country like Papua-New-Guinea, which bas officially adopted minilivestock production as a tool to help to develop remote villages, is an excellent example of success
Full Text Available Los indicadores hematológicos y hemoquímicos de la Dasyprocta fuliginosa (guara, guatín o ñeque en cautiverio se realizaron en el municipio de Florencia, Caquetá (Colombia, pretendiendo iniciar una referencia de datos para estudios de conservación, manejo productivo y clínico de la especie. Fueron utilizados diez animales machos en dos estados de desarrollo (juveniles y adultos. Para hemograma se determinaron hematocrito (técnica de microhematocrito, hemoglobina (método espectrofotométrico de la cianometahemoglobina, recuento total de leucocitos (técnica del hemocitómetro y recuento diferencial de leucocitos (frotis sanguíneo coloreado, y en hemoquímica se determinó glicemia (método GOD-PAP, colesterol (método CHOD-PAP, triglicéridos (método GPO-PAP, proteínas totales (método Biuret y creatinina (método colorimétrico simétrico. Los valores promedios para los parámetros evaluados en hemograma fueron: hematocrito 49,9 ± 2,9%; hemoglobina 16,5 ± 1,1 g/dl; recuento leucocitario total 6650 ± 1276,9 leucocitos/mm3; neutrófilos 17,7 ± 12,9%; linfocitos 77,6 ± 12,4%, y eosinófilos 5,1 ± 3,2 %. Para hemoquímica los resultados fueron: glicemia 249,9 ± 47,1 mg/dl; colesterol 108,1 ± 20,1 mg/dl; triglicéridos 108,1 ± 20,1 mg/dl, proteínas totales 5,7 ± 0,6 g/dl, y creatinina 1,7 ± 0,2 mg/dl. En algunos individuos los valores se desviaron significativamente del promedio, debiéndose tal vez a circunstancias fisiológicas e individuales (estrés, respuesta a mecanismos externos o por lesiones que padecían días antes a la toma de la muestra. Los indicadores del hemograma estuvieron en promedios similares a los de otros roedores del piedemonte amazónico: Proechimys sp., Agouti paca e Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, al igual que en los hemoquímicos, salvo en glicemia, en donde se encontraron mayores valores para Dasyprocta fuliginosa, debido posiblemente al régimen alimenticio que se basaba sobre todo en frutas y
Combate ao Desmodus rotundus rotundus (E. Geoffroy,1810 na região cárstica de Cordisburgo e Curvelo, Minas Gerais Combat of Desmodus rotundus rotundus (E. Geofroy, 1810 in the Cordisburgo and Curvelo carstic region, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar em uma região cárstica o tipo de refúgio, as espécies de morcegos, a população de animais domésticos, as associações interespecíficas nas coabitações com outros mamíferos silvestres suscetíveis à raiva e a eficácia da warfarina aplicada no dorso do Desmodus rotundus rotundus foi realizada uma pesquisa de maio de 1998 a março de 2000, nos municípios de Cordisburgo e Curvelo, Minas Gerais. Em 49 refúgios vistoriados, 29 naturais e 20 artificiais, localizados em 14 propriedades, encontrou-se o Desmodus rotundus rotundus em 18 abrigos naturais. Destes, 17 eram cavernas formadas pela dissolução ou abatimento de rocha calcária, típica do carste, e um era túnel escavado na terra pela ação das águas de um rio. As características geomorfológicas e de localização espacial foram registradas com base nas coordenadas geográficas, obtidas com auxílio de um sensor geográfico de posição. Nesses abrigos foram capturados e identificados 1457 morcegos de 14 espécies, sendo 640 Glossophaga soricina (Pallas, 1766, 566 Desmodus rotundus (E. Geoffroy, 1810, 73 Anoura geoffroyi (Gray 1838, 58 Trachops cirrhosus (Spix, 1823, 38 Diphylla ecaudata ecaudata (Spix, 1823, 23 Platyhrrinus lineatus (E. Geoffroy, 1810, 16 Lasiurus ega (Gervais, 1856, 14 Carollia perspicillata (Linnaeus, 1758, 13 Phyllostomus hastatus hastatus (Pallas, 1767, 9 Artibeus lituratus (Olfers, 1818, 3 Mimmon bennettii (Gray, 1838, 2 Myotis nigricans (Schinz, 1821, 1 Eptesicus brasiliensis (Desmarest, 1819 e 1 Pygoderma bilabiatum (Wagner, 1843. Não se conseguiu isolar ou detectar o vírus rábico no cérebro de 25 hematófagos selecionados e em 52 de outras espécies. A maioria desses abrigos também era usada por pacas (Agouti paca Linnaues, 1766, capivaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, Linnaues, 1766, guaxinins (Procyon cancrivorus, G. Cuvier, 1798 e raposas (Lycalopex vetulus, Lund, 1842 que são suscetíveis à raiva. Em 546 Desmodus
Utilização dos recursos naturais por comunidades humanas do Parque Ecoturístico do Guamá, Belém, Pará Utilization of natural resources by the human communities of the Guamá Ecotouristic Park, Belém, Pará
Ana Sílvia Sardinha Ribeiro
Full Text Available O trabalho apresenta dados sobre o uso dos recursos naturais por populações humanas em pequenas comunidades (vilas localizadas no entorno (n = 6 e no interior (n = 1 do Parque Ecoturístico do Guamá (PEG, visando avaliar os impactos sobre a fauna e flora local, ante a implantação de um projeto de infra-estrutura rodoviária local. A metodologia consistiu da aplicação de dois modelos de questionários. Um direcionado a pessoas-chave, como: moradores mais antigos, presidentes de associações, agentes de saúde, etc, e o outro aplicado aleatoriamente aos adultos locais. Buscou-se atingir pelo menos 50% das famílias das pequenas localidades (11 famílias. Em todos os casos é realizado o extrativismo da fauna e flora, principalmente com o objetivo de subsistência. As espécies mais caçadas foram Agouti paca,Dasyprocta agouti,Nasua nasua, Euphractus sexcintus e Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris. A complementação da renda familiar através do comércio de caça sob encomenda é realizada em todas as comunidades estudadas. Frutíferas como Euterpe oleracea Mart., Musa spp e Theobroma cacao foram encontradas em 100% das comunidades (n=7. Plantas medicinais são rotineiramente cultivadas e empregadas. As espécies madeireiras exploradas são utilizadas com o objetivo de produção de carvão, construção de casas e de meios de transporte, predominando o Inga edulis, Virola surinamensis (Rol. Warb e Simaruba amara (Aubl.. O trabalho discute os resultados sob o aspecto da implantação do projeto viário, oferecendo recomendações para a minimização dos impactos do mesmo sobre a fauna, a flora e o modo tradicional de vida das comunidades.This work shows data about the use of natural resources by the human population located in (n=1 and around (n=6 the Guamá Ecotouristic Park (GEP, in order to evaluate the impact on the local fauna and flora in view of the project for constructing a road through the park. The methodology utilized in this community
Full Text Available This paper presents an analysis of vertebrate roadkills in five different habitats of tropical South America. Observations of vertebrate roadkills were conducted in 1978, on a 572 km road between Caracas and Mantecal/Apure in Venezuela, during the rainy season (June-October. During five passages on this route, which includes five distinct habitats, 79 vertebrate carcasses - mammals and reptiles - were found. If we assume that the carcasses remain for two days on the road, vehicles can be expected to strike 350 spectacled caimans Caiman crocodilus Linnaeus, 1758 (Alligatoridae during the rainy season alone. Similar calculations for other species yield 313 snakes and lizards, 294 opossums Didelphis marsupialis Linnaeus, 1758 (Didelphidae, 220 crab-eating foxes Cerdocyon thous (Linnaeus, 1776 (Canidae, 129 tamanduas Tamandua tetradactyla (Linnaeus, 1758 (Myrmecophagidae, 55 capybaras Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris (Linnaeus, 1766 (Hydrochaeridae and 37 eastern cottontails Sylvilagus floridanus Allen, 1890 (Leporidae. Numerous papers have been published on vertebrates killed by vehicles on roads in Europe, North America, and Australia, and several papers are available regarding vertebrate roadkills in Africa and Asia. From South America there are several papers on vertebrates, birds, and mammals, whereas from Venezuela only one and it deals with iguanas (Iguana iguana Linnaeus, 1758, Iguanidae.Este trabalho apresenta uma análise de vertebrados mortos em estrada em cinco habitats tropicais diferentes na América do Sul. As observações dos vertebrados mortos em estrada foram feitas em 1978, a 572 km da rodovia entre Caracas e Mantecal/Apure na Venezuela, durante a estação das chuvas (junho-outubro. Durante cinco passagens nesta rota, a qual inclui cinco habitats diferentes, foram encontradas 79 carcaças de vertebrados - répteis e mamíferos. Assumindo que as carcaças permaneçam por dois dias na estrada, é esperado que veículos matem 350
Montenefgro Olga Lucía
infraestructura que existe en los CAV de las corporaciones autónomas regionales de Colombia para definir el destino final de la fauna silvestre incautada, siendo tres las opciones de manejo: mantenimiento en cautiverio, retorno a la vida silvestre y eutanasia. Por tal razón esta investigación pretende realizar un diagnóstico de las especies decomisadas por algunas Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales, su uso, los procedimientos de liberaciones y reintroducciones que se llevan a cabo en los CAV centros de atención y valoración de fauna silvestre y la localización geográfica de las liberaciones. Esto con el fin de disminuir la presión que existe sobre las poblaciones de fauna silvestre y de esta forma realizar un uso sostenible de la biodiversidad de Colombia. En este trabajo se realiza un diagnóstico del tráfico ilegal de fauna silvestre en nueve corporaciones autónomas regionales de
Colombia durante los años 2004 a 2006, así como también el manejo postdecomiso efectuado por cada
corporación. La información fue suministrada por cada entidad mediante una encuesta y visitas a las corporaciones. Se registraron un total de 60.511 especímenes decomisados, dentro de los cuales 583 corresponden a pieles, 36.653 a huevos de iguana (Iguana iguana y tortuga y 23.178 a animales vivos. En cuanto
a carne se tienen decomisos un total de 12.621 kg correspondientes a carne de chigüiro (Hydrochaerus
hydrochaeris. Se observa que en la mayoría de corporaciones las especies con mayor número de decomisos fueron la Hicotea (Trachemys callirostris, el Perico real (Brotogeris jugularis y la ardilla (Sciurus sp.. El volumen de tráfico presentado en el periodo de 2004 a 2006 es alto con un total de 60.511 ejemplares decomisados. Si se compara con la información disponible para años anteriores (Procuraduría, 2006, en donde
para el periodo abarcado entre los años 1996 y 2000 se decomisaron un total de 73.061 ejemplares correspondientes a 11 corporaciones aut