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An omnivorous mustelid mammal (Eira barbara) of Central and South America, having a broad head, a long slender body, and short dense fur.

[Portuguese or Spanish taira.]
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(Animals) a large arboreal musteline mammal, Eira barbara, of Central and South America, having a dark brown body and paler head
[C19: from Tupi taira]
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Noun1.tayra - long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South Americatayra - long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South America
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
Eira, genus Eira - a genus of Mustelidae
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Within the Mustelidae, leucism has been documented most frequently in the tropics (Arriaga-Flores et al, 2010; Talamoni el al., 2017), though 14 of the 18 records for mustelids were for leucistic tayras (Eira barbara), nine of which were museum specimens (Talamoni et al, 2017).
290 Number of days Highland cows are pregnant 67 Number of days Tayras are pregnant.
With Reyes in the mythical five selection were Tondo (Jeddah Lions) and Tayras ( Wasalak) Best Guards; Morales (Wasalak) and Taguiam (Jeddah Lions) Best Forwards and Rod Eusebio (Jeddah Lions) Best Center.
The observer also mentioned that several species of mammals were commonly observed in the region, and emphasized that the two individuals he saw were not tayras (Eira barbara), which can be confused with bush dogs because of their similar size and coloration.
For example, tayras (Eira barbara) were more commonly encountered along trails.
And why would he have included in his recipe book tayras, leopards and anteaters, if he himself recognized that:
They are a member of the weasel family, which includes skunks and tayras. They are equally at home on land or in water, and they can travel long distances either way.