from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of South American monkeys, of the family Cebidœ and subfamily Pitheciinœ, containing the ouakaris or short-tailed sakis, of which there are several species, as B. cebus, B. rubicunda, B. ouakari. This genus was proposed by Spix in 1823; it is also called Ouakaria.
  • noun A genus of birds, the leading one of the family Pittidœ (or Brachyuridœ); the breves or old-world ant-thrushes.


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  • One example of a mammalian frugivore is the maned wolf, or Chrysocyon brachyurus, which is found in South America.


  • Also present are Japanese hare Lepus brachyurus angustidens, Japanese squirrel Sciurus lis, small Japanese flying squirrel Pteromys momonga, Japanese giant flying squirrel Petaurista leucogenys, Japanese dormouse Glirulus japonicus (EN), raccoon dog Nyctereutes procyonoides, Japanese fox Vulpes vulpes japonica, Japanese marten Martes melampus, ermine Mustela ermina, Siberian weasel Mustela sibirica and Eurasian badger Mele meles.

    Shirakami-sanchi (Shirakami mountains), Japan

  • Due to the extensive land use for cattle ranching in the ecoregion, there are various endangered animals including birds such as Rhea americana; mammals: Aotus azarae, Hydrochaerys hydrochaeris, Panthera onca, Blastocerus dichotomus, Ozotoceros bezoarticus, and Chrysocyon brachyurus; and reptiles: Acantochelys spixii and Eunecte notaeus.

    Humid Chaco

  • One of the best known of these species is the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), a giant, large-eared, long-legged fox-like animal that can grow to 80 centimeters in height and weigh 23 kilograms.

    Biological diversity in the Cerrado

  • Another interesting endemic is the quokka (Setonix brachyurus, VU), a small, wallaby confined to three areas: the mainland, where it has been declining in numbers, and two small offshore islands (Rottnest Island and Bald Island), where it appears to be doing well.

    Biological diversity in Southwest Australia

  • This unique forest shelters a critically endangered reptile (Caiman latirostris); one endangered bird (Sporophila nigrofufa) and at least three mammals (Priodontes maximus, Chrysocyon brachyurus and Pteronura brasiliensis) and three birds, one reptile and 12 mammals in a vulnerable status.

    Chiquitano dry forests

  • Photo of a maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) taken with a camera trap in the Cerrado.

    Biological diversity in the Cerrado

  • Some Chaco-Cerrado elements include marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus) and maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus) which reach their northwesternmost range here in the Pampas del Heath.

    Beni savanna

  • Two other large mammals, maned wolf Chrysocyon brachyurus and marsh deer Blastocerus dichotomus (VU), are found in the seasonally flooded termite savannahs below the plateau.

    Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia

  • Jaguars, smaller cats and maned wolves (Chrysocyon brachyurus) maintain prey populations in check within an intact biota which boasts healthy populations of cracids, tapirs, and giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus).

    Chiquitano dry forests


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