Vicugna

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Vicugna
Vicunacrop.jpg
Vicuña
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Tribe: Lamini
Genus: Vicugna
Species

 Vicugna vicugna
 Vicugna pacos

Vicugna is a genus containing two South American camelids, the vicuña and the alpaca.

Previously thought to be descended from the llama, the alpaca was reclassified as part of Vicugna after a 2001 paper on alpaca DNA.[1] The paper showed that the alpaca is descended from the vicuña, not the guanaco.

Gallery[edit]

A pair of alpacas near an Inca burial site in Peru

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheeler, Dr Jane; Miranda Kadwell, Matilde Fernandez, Helen F. Stanley, Ricardo Baldi, Raul Rosadio, Michael W. Bruford (December 2001). "Genetic analysis reveals the wild ancestors of the llama and the alpaca". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 268 (1485): 2575–2584. doi:10.1098/rspb.2001.1774. PMC 1088918. PMID 11749713. 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online).