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(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.
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agouti

[ə′güd·ē]
(vertebrate zoology)
A hystricomorph rodent, Dasyprocta, in the family Dasyproctidae, with 13 species.
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Por esta razon, los runa de Avila a menudo alimentan a sus perros de bilis o de esternon de aguti.
Scholars such as Aguti (2000), Nsamba and Atim (2004), and Bbuye (1999) observed that Uganda has realized steady growth in the development of distance education.
Se ha visto que un tipo de celulas de este nucleo, que poseen receptores para la leptina, sintetizan proopiomelanocortina (POMC) uno de cuyos derivados, la alfa MSH disminuye el gasto energetico, el apetito y el peso corporal, mientras que otro tipo de neuronas del mismo nucleo tiene receptores para la grelina y sintetiza una proteina relacionada con el aguti (AgRP) cuyas funciones tienden a aumentar el gasto energetico, el apetito y el peso corporal.
In Latin America coypu, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris (capibara or carpincho), Agouti paca (paca) and Dasyprocta aguti (agouti) are hystricognaths species of high economical value.
-- A la lista de mamiferos silvestres del Estado de Puebla, se agrega el de aguti, Agouti paca nelsoni, con base en los registros de cuatro ejemplares, procedentes de dos localidades en la selva tropical Iluviosa de la Sierra Madre Oriental.
El tapir fue la especie mas frecuentemente registrada, seguida por el aguti (Dasyprocta puntata).
hydrochaeris se han realizado estudios sobre esqueleto axial, anatomia del torax (6), y en Agouti paca ("aguti") se hallaron resultados de investigaciones sobre esqueleto apendicular (7, 11) y esqueleto axial (10).