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The tapire-iauara[a] is a legendary creature in the folklore of the Amazon rainforest region.[2] Jacques Cousteau in his book Jacques Cousteau's Amazon journey describes how the caboclos believe that the "tapir-nymph patrols the flooded forest to guard it from humans."[3][4] In her book Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon quest, Sy Montgomery relates that "it grows big as a cow and attacks people in boats".[5]


  1. ^ also tapiraiuara, tapiraiaura, onça d'água[1]


  1. ^ de Nazaré da Cruz Vieira, M. (1983). Aspectos do falar paraense: fonética, fonologia, semântica (in Portuguese). Universidade Federal do Pará, Centro de Letras e Artes. p. 126. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  2. ^ Santos, E. (1967). Histórias, lendas e folclore de nossos bichos. Coleção brasileira de Ouro (in Portuguese). Tecnoprint Gráfica. p. 126. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ Cousteau, J.Y.; Richards, M. (1984). Jacques Cousteau's Amazon journey. H.N. Abrams. p. 71. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ de Castro, F. (1 May 2002). "From Myths to Rules: The Evolution of Local Management in the Amazonian Floodplain". Environment and History. White Horse Press. 8 (2): 197–216. doi:10.3197/096734002129342648. ISSN 0967-3407.
  5. ^ Montgomery, S. (2009). Journey of the Pink Dolphins: An Amazon Quest. Chelsea Green Publishing. p. 137. ISBN 978-1-60358-175-2. Retrieved 21 July 2018.