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 (pä′kə, păk′ə)
Either of two nocturnal burrowing rodents of the genus Cuniculus of South and Central America, C. paca, found in lowland forested regions, or C. taczanowskii, found at higher elevations.

[Portuguese and American Spanish, both from Tupí páca.]


(ˈpɑːkə; ˈpækə)
(Animals) a large burrowing hystricomorph rodent, Cuniculus paca, of Central and South America, having white-spotted brown fur and a large head: family Dasyproctidae
[C17: from Spanish, from Tupi]


(ˈpɑ kə, ˈpæk ə)

n., pl. -cas.
either of two large, white-spotted, almost tailless tropical American rodents of the genus Cuniculus.
[1650–60; < Sp or Portuguese < Tupi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central Americapaca - large burrowing rodent of South America and Central America; highly esteemed as food
gnawer, rodent - relatively small placental mammals having a single pair of constantly growing incisor teeth specialized for gnawing
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1999) employed the method of burrow excavation to capture pacas in Costa Rica and obtained few individuals.
2012), and Collett (1981) suggested that dogs could be used to capture pacas as well.
Viscera from 128 pacas were submitted for examination.
The number of infected pacas differed between wet and dry seasons, but the difference was not significant (wet season = 13 infected pacas, dry season = 2; p = 0.
As described for other locations in the Amazon, pacas are one of the main hunted species in ASDR.
A similar strategy was registered in Aripuana, where hunters go out in canoes using a flashlight to spot pacas only on dark nights during the dry season (Ayres and Ayres, 1979).
Cuniculus paca (Linnaeus, 1766), conocido vulgarmente como paca, guartinaja, majaz, conejo pintado o lapa, entre otros nombres, es un roedor grande (6-12 kg) que se distribuye desde el sur de Mexico hasta el noreste de la Argentina y sudeste de Paraguay (Nelson y Shump, 1978; Perez, 1992; Botello et al.
Algunos autores describen el sistema social de la paca como solitario (Perez, 1992; Dubost y Henry, 2006), pero otros consideran que se trata de una especie monogama (Smythe, 1987; Beck-King et al.
The number of pacas hunted per year differs between the preserved and unpreserved areas and 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9 animals are hunted per year per person, with 1-3 pacas per person the predominant number (Fig.
This record is the second for Hidalgo; previously, pacas were known only from Tenango de Doria (Mejenes et al.
Pacas and his management team, CABEI's objectives are to secure investment grade status for CABEI and to attract financial resources to Central America from among the world's capital markets, in order to: