Long-nosed Peccary

Long-nosed peccary, Mylohyus nasutus

Peccaries are New World relatives (familly Tayassuidae) of the Old World true pigs (family Suidae). They can easily be distinguished from true pigs by the fact that their upper canines (tusks) point downward, whereas the tusks of true pigs curve upward. The long-nosed peccary is one of two species that were present in the U.S. Midwest during the last ice age, and both species have since become extinct. Currently, only the collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu) remains in the U.S., and its range is restricted from Arizona and Texas south to Argentina. 

Long-nosed peccary, Mylohyus nasutus

Mounted skeleton of a long-nosed peccary, Mylohyus nasutus, from Friesenhahn Cave Texas. On display at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin.

Artiodactyla (Hoofed Mammals)
Tayassuidae (Peccaries)

Height: 0.75 m (2.5 ft)

Weight: 67.7 kg (149 lb); Mendoza et al. 2006