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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.
A rodent related to the guinea pig, the agouti looks more like a huge rat without a tail.
A seed eater, the red-rumped agouti is also a scatterhoarder--it caches large quantities of seeds throughout the forest as a hedge against meager food resources in the future.
Agoutis (Dasyprocta punctata), the inheritors of guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril: Leguminosae).
The behavior of a population of the Roatan Island agouti (Dasyprocta ruatanica) of Honduras was examined.
Among others, climbing rats, spiny rats, and agoutis were fed gravid proglottids of E.
Cameron had compared the morphologic features of the helminths' rostellar hooks from the larval stage obtained from the agouti and from the strobilar stage he had rediscovered in the jaguarundi.
Without any regard for our manipulation of the nuts, the agoutis went to work.
Mayaro infection has also been reported in agoutis (5): infection of these strictly terrestrial diurnal species may reflect the ecological plasticity of the vector or may indicate that other mosquitoes, with different ecologic patterns, are implicated in transmission.
Agoutis (Dasyprocta punstata): The inheritors of guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril: Leguminosae).