Suri alpaca

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Suri alpacas

Suri alpaca is one of two breeds of the alpaca, the other being the Huacaya. Of 3.7 million alpacas worldwide, less than 10% are thought to be of the Suri breed.[1] One study found that Suri alpacas could be reliably distinguished from Huacayas by looking for a low frequency of hairs less than 35 micrometers in diameter, as well as fewer hairs with more than eight cuticular scales.[2] Suri alpacas may be bred for the lustre of their coats.[3]


  1. ^ Atav, Rıza; Türkmen, Fatih (2015). "Investigation of the dyeing characteristics of alpaca fibers (Huacaya and Suri) in comparison with wool". Textile Research Journal. 85 (13): 1331–1339. doi:10.1177/0040517514563727. S2CID 138553639.
  2. ^ Valbonesi, A.; Cristofanelli, S.; Pierdominici, F.; Gonzales, M.; Antonini, M. (2010). "Comparison of Fiber and Cuticular Attributes of Alpaca and Llama Fleeces". Textile Research Journal. 80 (4): 344–353. doi:10.1177/0040517509337634. S2CID 136810421.
  3. ^ Lupton, C.J.; McColl, A. (2011). "Measurement of luster in Suri alpaca fiber". Small Ruminant Research. 99 (2–3): 178–186. doi:10.1016/j.smallrumres.2011.03.045.