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Note, grey/brown face and more robust looking body compared to the other llama family member found in Chile, the vicuna. Shame you didn't see some vicuna by the way, they are far more graceful and attractive.
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I count myself lucky to have seen dolphins, seals and sealions, Graham. Vicuña next trip!
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Next time take me with you and we'll go to the Peruvian border where we can find vicuna, chinchillas and montaine guinea pigs!
It's interesting that the IUCN has vicuna on the Peruvian/Chile border only; yet I saw three large herds (10-20 animals) of them on Cotopaxi in Ecuador 15 years ago. Either their range has been much reduced or the IUCN data is wildly inaccurate. Could you ask the people you are with if they have any local knowledge on this one.
The mammal photos from Chile are they all your doing? i.e. are the people out with you? I know two are because they put up the same pictures of Guanaco as you!
Yes, there were about 10 of us.
Thanks for the correction, Victor!
Graham, please Untick!
Ooop! I don't usually check scientific names, I've got lazy assuming the dictionary will add the right one; however, this is Chile and there is no dictionary.
Dare I point out to my illustrious boss that guanacos are large mammals and Ornithodoros rostratus is a tiny tick, presumably living on birds with a name like that!
Actually there is species dictionary - its the Catalogue of Life. I've no idea how the error occurred.
Ornithodoros amblus is a parasite of the guanay cormorant (Phalacrocorax bougainvillii). Certainly, guanaco sounds like guanay, which could be the possible source of the identification error.
That could be how it happened. This is a nice demonstration of how the iSpot community corrects errors, isn't it?
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