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Comparison of Llamas and Alpacas

Comparison of Llamas and Alpacas

Llama

Alpaca

Scientific name

Lama glama

Vicugna pacos

Adult weight

120–200 kg

60–80 kg

Adult height (measured at withers)

102–127 cm

76–97 cm

Breeds

No distinct breeds

2 breeds:

Huacaya: lofted fiber coat with variable fiber down legs and face

Suri: flat-lying corded fiber structure (hanging pencil-sized locks); decreased fiber on head

Ears

Longer banana-shaped ears

Shorter spear-shaped ears

Tail

Higher set tail

Lower set tail

Back

Flat topline

Some humping of back