Suidae and tayassuidae

María Ángeles Jiménez Martínez, David J. Gasper, María del Carmen Carmona Muciño, Karen A. Terio

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The Suidae and Tayassuidae live on all continents except Antarctica. True wild boars were indigenous to Europe and Asia and are the ancestors to the domestic pig; with whom they share the same scientific name Sus scrofa. Wild boars have been introduced to the Americas and many islands. Because of the close genetic relationship, in many areas they have interbred with domestic pigs and formed considerable populations of feral suids that represent wild boar and feral pig crosses. Wild suid populations are relatively hardy and most disease research has been focused on their potential as a reservoir for diseases of concern for commercial pig production. The Togian Island babirusa, pygmy hog, Visayan warty pig, Javan warty pig, and Chacoan peccary are endangered. For all species, hunting, habitat loss, and hybridization are important threats to conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals
EditorsKaren A Terio, Denise McAloose, Judy St. Leger
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128053065
ISBN (Print)9780128092194
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • African swine fever
  • Boar
  • Disease
  • Pathology
  • Peccary
  • Pig
  • Suidae
  • Tayassuidae
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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