Suborder: Hystricomorpha (hystricognath rodents):
Family Myocastoridae (coypus):
- Genus: Myocastor
- Coypu – M. Coypus
Nutria can be found in the southeast of Missouri. As with many invasive species, their presence has caused problems in places such as Louisiana, Maryland, and Oregon. Because Nutria cannot tolerate particularly cold winters, they have not established a large population in Missouri and are not a particularly big issue. Nutria tend to overgraze, damage wetland habitats, erode river banks, and generally disrup the ecosystems in which they’ve been introduced. Nutria can even eat 25% of their body weight every day; farming them for their furs or meat is unprofitable due to the sheer amount of feed they need. Several eradication efforts are underway (Missouri Department of Conservation).
“Nutria (Coypu).” MDC Discover Nature, nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/nutria-coypu.
Stefoff, Rebecca. The Rodent Order. Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2009.
Vorel, Martin. “FREE IMAGE: Coypu | Libreshot Public Domain Photos.” LibreShot, 8 May 2015, libreshot.com/coypu/.