Huarizo

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Huarizo
Conservation status
Domesticated
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus:
Species: Lama glama x Vicugna pacos
Binomial name
none

A huarizo is a cross between a male llama and a female alpaca. The most common hybrid between South American camelids,[1] huarizo tend to be much smaller than llamas, but their fiber is longer.[2] Huarizo are generally sterile, but recent genetic research conducted at the University of Minnesota Rochester suggests that it may be possible to preserve fertility with minimal genetic modification.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A. Rosati; A. Tewolde; C. Mosconi (30 September 2004). WAAP Book Of The Year 2003: A Review on Developments and Research in Livestock Systems. Wageningen Academic Pub. p. 188. ISBN 978-90-76998-47-3. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Martina Gerken; Carlo Renieri (2006). South American Camelids Research: Proceedings of the 4th European Symposium on South American Camelids and DECAMA European Seminar, Göttingen, 7-9 October 2004. Wageningen Academic Pub. p. 283. ISBN 978-90-76998-98-5. Retrieved 6 June 2012.