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  • n. Plural form of paca.


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  • Dwarf brockets were there (brockets Mazama are a group of small-bodied deer known from Mexico and South America), as were coro-coros (also called bamboo rats Dactylomys, coro-coros are arboreal members of Echimyidae), Mountain pacas Cuniculus taczonowskii*, AND an abrocomid that Eaton recognized as a new species.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • * Eaton (1916) misidentified the Mountain pacas and thought that the Machu Picchu remains represented a new species that he called Agouti thomasi.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • The dwarf brocket present there turned out to belong to a new species that wasn’t named until 1959 (when Hershkovitz named it Mazama chunyi*), and the coro-coros and mountain pacas present in the tombs have also proved to be cryptic and elusive.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • They were followed by a number of mice, pacas, and muskrats armed with wheeled containers and double-handed scoops.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • A pair of armed pacas entered, espied her, and came a-rushing.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Why were they joined by the entire infraorder of caviomorph rodents, including guinea pigs, agoutis, pacas, maras, capybaras, chinchillas and lots of others, a large group of characteristically South American rodents, found nowhere else?


  • Terborgh and Winter referred only generally to “excessive densities,” but in a later paper, Terborgh reported that coatimundis, pacas, and agoutis were more than ten times as abundant on Barro Colorado as at similar mainland sites.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The peccaries, the possums, the coatimundis, the pacas, and the agoutis all forage on the ground; under normal conditions, they are all subject to prédation by pumas and jaguars.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Marmosets and pacas scampered over the boulders and talus in search of nuts and berries.

    A Triumph of Souls

  • The pacas were creatures a little larger than hares, and not unlike them, except that their ears were shorter.

    The Forest Exiles The Perils of a Peruvian Family in the Wilds of the Amazon


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