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Nutria

NutriaScientific name: Myocastor coypus Molina (ITIS)

Common names: Nutria, coypu, coypu rat, nutria rat, swamp beaver

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Native To: South America (Jojola et al. 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First established populations introduced in the 1930s (Jojola et al. 2005)

Means of Introduction: Introduced for fur production (Jojola et al. 2005)

Impact: Damages vegetation and destroys habitat in wetlands (Jojola et al. 2005)

Current U.S. Distribution: Gulf of Mexico coast, Atlantic coast, Pacific Northwest

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Council or Task Force

Species of Concern Fact Sheet: Nutria
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Priority Species: Nutria
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

Partnership

Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nutria
Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.

Texas Invasives Database - Myocastor coypus
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Myocastor coypus
CAB International.

Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe (DAISIE): Species Factsheet - Myocastor coypus
European Commission. Sixth Framework Programme.

Global Invasive Species Database - Myocastor coypus (mammal)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

Nutria - Factsheet (Oct 2010; PDF | 228 KB)
USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database: Fact Sheet - Nutria
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).

State Government

Nutria
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Nutria: An Invasive Species
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Nutria (Myocastor coypus)
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Academic

Aquatic Invasive Species in the Chesapeake Bay - Nutria (Sep 2013; PDF | 134 KB)
Maryland Sea Grant.

Animal Diversity Web - Myocastor coypus
University of Michigan. Museum of Zoology.

Introduced Species Summary Project - Nutria
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Fact Sheet: Nutria (PDF | 275 KB)
Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

Professional

Nutria Fact Sheet
Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
See also: Nutria Slide Show

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Myocastor coypus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Jojola, S., G. Witmer, and D. Nolte. 2005. Nutria: an invasive rodent pest or valued resource? In: D.L. Nolte and K.A. Fagerstone (Eds.), Proceedings of the 11th Wildlife Damage Management Conference (Paper 110). Fort Collins, Colo.: National Wildlife Research Center.

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