A wild South American mammal, Lama guanicoe, from the llama family. The guanaco have a long, shaggy overcoat and a soft, silky undercoat. Since these untamed animals are difficult to capture, they are most often killed for their pelts. Baby guanaco, called, guanaquito, have straight fur similar to a red fox. Llamas and vicuñas are the descendants of the wild guanaco.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Lama guanicoe; guanaco (Esp.); guanaco (een soort lama) (Ned); guanaquito;
Guard hair is coarse. Fur fiber is short and fine.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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