Caitetu Munde

Unknown peccary-like Hoofed Mammal of South America.

Etymology: The Collared peccary is known as the Caitetu in Brazil, possibly from a Tupi word. Munde is said to be a Tupi word for animal trap and is added to the names of animals that are hunted for game, such as coatimundi for the South American coati (Nasua nasua).

Physical description: Smaller t han t he Whit e-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) and larger than the Collared peccary (T. tajucu). Length, about 3 feet . Shoulder height, about 20 inches.

Behavior: Lives in pairs or family groups of four.

Distribution: Rio Aripuana, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.

Source: Karl Shuker, "New Beasts from Brazil?" Fortean Times, no. 139 (November 2000): 22.

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