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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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Por esta razon, los runa de Avila a menudo alimentan a sus perros de bilis o de esternon de aguti.
Aguti paca es vegetariana: frutas y legumbres, retonos, raices, bulbos, rizomas, hojas, hierebas.
Puerco espin X Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Carpincho X Dasyprocta punctata Aguti rojizo X Sylvilagus brasiliensis Tapeti Especie Planilla desarenadores Con Con registro registro de caidas de muertes Didelphis albiventris - - Tamandua tetradactyla - - Myrmecophaga tridactyla Dasypus novemcinctus - - Dasypus yepesi - - Chaetophractus vellerosus - - Euphractus sexcinctus 2 (11%) 1 Sapajus cay - - Cerdocyon thous - - Lycalopex gymnocercus - - Leopardus pardalis - - Oncifelis geoffroyi - - Leopardus tigrinus - - Leopardus wiedii - - Puma yaguarondi - - Puma concolor - - Panthera onca - - Conepatus chinga - - Eira barbara - - Galictis cuja - - Procyon cancrivorus - - Nasua nasua - - Tapirus terrestris 3 (16%) Pecari tajacu 3 (16%) 1 Mazama americana - - Mazama gouazoubira 10 (53%) 5 Coendou sp.
Ramos do arco aortico da cutia (Dasyprocta aguti, Rodentia), In: XVI Congresso Brasileiro de Anatomia e IX Congresso Luso Brasileiro de Anatomia, 1993.
El aguti es abundante en esa regi6n, pero es cazado con frecuencia par su cane y su habitat natural esta siendo rapidamente sustituido por cultivos y potreros.
Hacia el extremo de las patas los pelos son oscuros, casi negros, y el efecto aguti es menos evidente.
Jonglei state director for community security, Aguti Adut, said the women and their children were identified last week in Ayod and Akobo counties, both areas belonging to Lou Nuer.
Atelocynus microtis probablemente se alimenta de batracios, ratas espinosas y roedores diversos incluyendo el aguti (Emmons & Feer 1997).
2010; Di Bitetti; Di Blanco, 2010), el tatu rabo mole y el coendu; 2 especies probablemente ausentes: la paca (Cuniculus paca) y el aguti (Dasyprocta azarae); y 1 especie a confirmar: el coipo (Myocastor coypus) (Tabla 1).
Aguti Adut Aguti, an inspector for the Community Security and Small Arms Control (CSAC) Jonglei, in a summarized report obtained by the Sudan Tribune labelled the security atmosphere in 2009 as "critical" and calls for disarmament "because people are killing themselves.