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agouti

(əgo͞o`tē), name applied to rabbit-sized rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, found in Central and South America and in the West Indies. They have slender limbs with five front and three hind toes, rudimentary tails, and coarse rough hair that varies from reddish to dark brown depending upon the species. Agoutis are forest dwellers; they eat fruits, leaves, roots, nuts, and sugarcane. They are good swimmers and fast runners. Agouti is occasionally used instead of Cuniculus as the generic name of the related paca, or spotted cavycavy
, name for 14 species of South American rodents of the family Caviidae, including the domestic guinea pig. The wild cavies are usually small, rounded, and tailless, with fur of a uniform shade of brown.
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. Agoutis 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 Rodentia, family Dasyproctidae.

agouti

[ə′güd·ē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A hystricomorph rodent, Dasyprocta, in the family Dasyproctidae, with 13 species.
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In spite of the hunting that castaneros often undertake while harvesting, managed stands are correlated with higher concentrations of agouti than areas with no harvesting.
Mediante la misma tecnica se ha obtenido semen en mamiferos roedores de menor tamano como agouti (Dasyprocta leporina) (20) y el pecari de collar rojo (Tayassu tajacu) (19).
Unlike most mammals, agoutis are diurnal--active during the day.
Their prey consists mainly of birds and small mammals such as rats and agoutis (guinea pig relative).
They're agoutis, terrier-sized rodents that chisel through the rock-hard shells to get at the protein-rich kernel.
Monkeys, coatimundis, peccaries, agoutis, armadillos, sloths, deer, squirrels and bats are commonly seen mammals.
Most seeds taken to burrows, trees, and logs were clearly taken by small animals, probably rodents, because the small diameter of the opening would exclude larger species such as agoutis (Dasyprocta punctata).
Some behavioral differences between populations of agoutis seem principally due to whether or not they perceive humans as a threat.