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(kĭng`kəjo͞o'), nocturnal, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, found from Mexico to Brazil and related to the raccoonraccoon,
nocturnal New World mammal of the genus Procyon. The common raccoon of North America, Procyon lotor, also called coon, is found from S Canada to South America, except in parts of the Rocky Mts. and in deserts.
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. It has a long, slender body with soft, short, woolly hair of any of various shades of brown or yellow. Its tail is prehensile and is used to grasp branches when the animal climbs. Kinkajous also have a long extrudable tongue, possibly used to reach nectar and honey. The kinkajou spends most of its time in trees. It eats insects, fruits, and honey and is sometimes called honey-bear, a name also applied to a true bearbear,
large mammal of the family Ursidae in the order Carnivora, found almost exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere. Bears have large heads, bulky bodies, massive hindquarters, short, powerful limbs, very short tails, and coarse, thick fur.
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 of SE Asia. Kinkajous are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Procyonidae.


See D. MacClintock and E. Young, Phoebe the Kinkajou, (1985).



(Potos flavus), a predatory mammal of the family Procyonidae. Body length, 41–57 cm; tail length, 40–50 cm; weight, 1.5–2.7 kg.

The head of the kinkajou is round, the snout short, and the tail long and prehensile. The dense, velvety fur is grayish yellow above and reddish yellow on the underside; the snout is dark brown or blackish. Representatives of the group are found in southern North America (southern Mexico), Central America, and South America (south of Mato Grosso in Brazil). The kinkajou climbs trees with ease, grasping with its tail and paws. It is a nocturnal animal, feeding primarily on fruit (the damage it does to fruit plantations is insignificant) but also on insects, small animals, and bird eggs. The kinkajou is unipararous (two young are rare), giving birth in spring or summer. When caught at an early age, kinkajous are easily domesticated. The pelts are used for handbags and belts.

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A pesar de esta limitacion, nuestras estimaciones en la mayor parte de especies (90%; con excepcion de Potos flavus y Myoprocta pratti) se encuentran dentro de los rangos de densidad reportados para otras localidades en la Amazonia y el Neotropico (e.
Por otra parte, la densidad local alta de otras especies como Myoprocta pratti y Potos flavus puede explicarse por medio de la hipotesis de la "compensacion de densidad" (MacArthur et al.
apella Machin negro Jaanch' Lagothrix lagothricha Chorongo Chuu Pithecia monachus Parahuaco comun Sepur Saimiri sciureus Barizo Tseem CARNIVORA Canidae Atelocynus microtis Perro de orejas Ikam yawa cortas Ursidae Tremarctos ornatus Oso de anteojos Chai Procyonidae Bassaricyon alleni Olingo amazonico Kuji Nasua nasua Cuchucho Kuin Potos flavus Cusumbo Kuji Procyon cancrivorus Mapache Kushikshi Mustelidae Conepatus semistriatus Zorrillo Papash Eira barbara Cabeza de mate Amich Galictis vittata Perro de agua Suach yawa Lontra longicaudis Nutria neotropical Uyuu Mustela africana Comadreja Kujamchana amazonica Felidae Herpailurus yaguarondi Yaguarundi Tuicham Leopardus pardalis Ocelote Yantana L.
There are seven species whose distribution is primarily in the Neotropical region: Herpailurus yagouaroundi, Leopardus wiedii, Lontra longicaudis, Galictis vittata, Eira barbara, Potos flavus, and Nasua narica.
CITES (1984) covers nine species in different levels of risk (Table 1)--I: Herpailurus yagouaroundi, Leopardus wiedii, Lontra longicaudis; II: Lynx rufus, Puma concolor; III: Galictis vittata, Eira barbara, Potos flavus, Nasua narica.
T ND I L Tayassu tajacu T D I M Potos flavus A N I M Nasua nasua & Eira barbara AT D I L Didelphis marsupialis AT N S M Didelphis albiventris AT N S M Caluromys philander AT N S H Metachirus nudicaudatus T N S M Caluromys philander AT N S H Alouatta seniculus A D L M Saimiri sciureus A D I M Pithecia pithecia A D I L Saguinus midas A D I M (a) Vertical use of space: A, arboreal, T, terrestrial, AT, both arboreal and terrestrial.