Myocastor coypus
Myocastor coypus

Impact ID3384
Impact TypeHabitat Alteration
Study TypeExperimental
Study LocationField
Impact DescriptionThe amount of carbon lost in wetland systems from grazing Nutria (Myocastor coypus) can be significant. This study determined that "if it is assumed that there were two million Myocastor coypus in coastal Louisiana, Myocastor coypus grazing would result in the loss of an equivalent amount of carbon contained in 40,500 metric tons of coal or 12.5 million gallons of gas."
Great Lakes RegionNo

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Citation information: U.S. Geological Survey. [2021]. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database. Gainesville, Florida. Accessed [9/18/2021].

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