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Kabomani Tapir
Common Name Little Black Tapir
Range South America
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Perissodactyla
Family Tapiridae
Genus Tapirus
Species Tapirus kabomani
Conservation Status
Not Evaluated

The Kabomani Tapir, also known as the Little Black Tapir, (Tapirus kabomani), is one of five extant species of tapir, large browsing mammals similar in shape to a pig. It is the smallest tapir species, even smaller than the smallest previously known tapir called the mountain tapir, (Tapirus pinchaque). The Kabomani Tapir is found in the Amazon rainforest, where it appears to be sympatric with the Brazilian tapir, (Tapirus terrestris). When it was announced in 2013, The Kabomani Tapir was the first odd-toed ungulate discovered in over 100 years.


With an estimated mass of only 110 kg (240 lb), the kabomani tapir is the smallest living tapir. For comparison, the mountain tapir has a mass between 150 and 225 kg (331 and 496 lb). The kabomani tapir is roughly 130 centimetres (51 in) long and 90 centimetres (35 in) in shoulder height.

It has dark grey to dark brown hair. Its legs are short. Males are smaller than females and females have a light throat patch that extends from chin to neck and up to the base of the ears.