The purpose of the Australasian Lama Registry is to maintain a record of genealogy, to be a source of statistics, to record ownership and as a research resource for lamas. This information will be made available to members upon payment of the appropriate fee.
Styles or Types of Llama
There are four styles or types of llama in this registry determined by wool type: The descriptive terms, selected by the Registry, are of South American origin and are representative of the predominant phenotypes present in Australasia. The Registry acknowledges there are other descriptive terms used throughout South America to describe the same llamas.
Short Wool Llama: Short wool llama. Has a clean, smooth head, ears and legs with a short dense fleece of body wool which is double coated, having a coarser outer coat (guard hair) and a finer under coat. By maturity ccara llamas have shed their dense neck wool leaving only guard hair especially evident in the area of the mane.
Medium Wool Llama: Medium wool llama. Has a clean, smooth head and ears. Curaca llamas do not have fibre below the knees or hocks, however the body and neck may be covered in fibre which is longer than that of the ccara llama.
Long Wool Llama: Long wool llama. Has abundant body and neck wool which can be single or double coated. Tapada llamas can also be fringed with wool on the head and ears as well as the full length of the legs. Tapada llamas do not shed their neck wool.
Suri Wool Llama: Long wool llama. Has long, lustrous, straight, wavy or corded fleece which hangs down from the centre of the back. The neck and tail is well covered with a similar fibre. Suri llamas can also be fringed with wool on the head and ears as well as the full length of the legs. Suri llamas do not shed their neck wool.
Management of Registry
The LAA manages the registry. All data in the registry remains the property of the Llama Association of Australasia.
Identification: For registration all llamas must have an approved microchip inserted at the base of the left ear and verifiable by electronic scanning.