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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Subfamily: Camelinae
Tribe: Lamini
Hybrid: Lama glama♂ × Vicugna pacos

A huarizo, also known as a llapaca, is a hybrid cross between a male llama and a female alpaca. Misti is a similar hybrid; it is a cross between a male alpaca and a female llama. The most common hybrid between South American camelids,[1] huarizo tend to be much smaller than llamas, with their fibre being longer.[2] Huarizo are 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] However, many owners have reported that their Huarizos and Mistis are fertile.[citation needed]

Other camelidae hybridizations[edit]

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  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.
  3. ^ Lescrauwaet Vandenabiile; Anne-Cathèrine Marie Marc (1 Oct 1997). "Primera cruza interespecífica de Llama (Lama glama) y Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) como opción innovadora en la ganadería productiva de la Región de Magallanes, Chile". Observatorio para la Innovación Silvoagropecuaria y la Cadena Agroalimentaria. Retrieved 18 Nov 2021.