Jaguarundi


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Jaguarundi

 

(Felis yaguarundí), a predatory mammal of the family Felidae. The body measures as much as 80 cm in length, and the tail as much as 60 cm; the height at the shoulder is about 35 cm. Jaguarundis have a short-haired coat that may be grayish brown or smoky gray in color and in some individuals is bright red. There are light spots at the sides of the nose and on the chest. The jaguarundi inhabits South and Central America, Mexico, and the extreme south of the USA. It keeps to forest margins and shrub thickets. It feeds mainly on fish, lizards, birds, and rodents. It bears two to three young. The animals sometimes harm poultry.

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"I've been with people when they see a wild jaguarundi for the first time, and they get this weird expression on their face because they're just not sure what they're looking at," he says.
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.
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Guerrero S, Badii MH, Zalapa SS, Flores AE (2002) Dieta y nicho de alimentacion del coyote, zorra gris, mapache y jaguarundi en un bosque tropical caducifolio de la costa sur del estado de Jalisco, Mexico.
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Since MC1R resembles that protein, O'Brien speculates that thousands of years ago, an infectious agent that exploits the receptor caused an epidemic in jaguars and jaguarundi. If so, cats with mutations in the receptor's gene, the dark ones, would have had a better chance of resisting infection.
The refuge's fan-shaped palms harbor migrating warblers, green jays, and long-billed thrashers, and are part of a wildlife corridor for two endangered wild cats, the ocelot and jaguarundi. Every year, more than 200,000 people come to the Rio Grande valley to watch birds and wildlife, spending $100 million.
This snarling cat (2) is a jaguarundi (jag-wuh-RUN-dee).