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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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A missense mutation in the agouti signaling protein gene (ASIP) is associated with the no light points coat phenotype in donkeys.
The initial stage of pregnancy in agouti is characterized by the progressively increasing progesterone levels until the sixth week.
Silvius and Fragoso (2003) captured agoutis Dasyprocta leporina on Maraca Island in the Brazilian Amazon with the aid of hunting dogs trained by local residents, and they noted that this method was the only one to be efficient enough to locate a large number of animals.
Descripcion anatomica per se y particularidades osteologicas del esqueleto apendicular de Agouti paca.
In 2003, when Waterland was at Duke University, he and Randy Jirtle altered the diet of yellow-coated mother agouti mice during their pregnancy.
In addition to the aberrant expression at the Agouti locus in the [A.
When we first implicated the agouti gene, we could have stopped there and concluded that evolution takes these big steps as only one major gene was involved, but that would have been wrong.
La concentracion espermatica (127 x 106 espermatozoides/mL) fue menor a la observada en Agouti (Dasyprocta aguti) (748 x 106 espermatozoides/mL).
For their study, researchers transplanted portions of the livers of one kind of rat (dark agouti, or DA) into another (Lewis-type).
For their study, the researchers report they transplanted portions of the livers of one kind of rat (dark agouti, or DA) into another (Lewis-type).
An agouti - a sort of giant, swollen hamster - crashed in the undergrowth metres from our feet.