Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Hystricognathi
Family : Dasyproctidae
Genus : Dasyprocta
Animals in the genus Dasyprocta
|Central American agouti|
Facts about the genus Dasyprocta, the agoutis
(14) A red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta) is designated as the neotype of Mus aguti Linnaeus to preserve current usage of Dasyprocta prymnolopha (Wagler) for the .
Adding tothe confusion, the name Agoutis is sometimes used to refer to the whole family Dasyproctidae, including or excluding theAgouti genus.
AGOUTI Red-rumped agoutis are 16-25 inches long (including a one-inch tail), and weigh from two to nine pounds.
Agoutis are a small to medium sized rodents that feed on fruit, seeds and vegetation.
Agoutis are usually diurnal, but many stay up after sunset in the lighted areas around the buildings.
AgoutisAgouti (Dasyprocta Antillensis) Agoutis are rodents, and usually brown in color, they eat nuts and fruits which fall to the forest floor from the canopy above.
Dasyprocta is Greek for "fuzzy butt," dasys meaning "hairy or shaggy" and procta meaning "rectum" or "tail-end.
Genus – Dasyprocta Species – leporina Description: Dasyprocta is Greek for "fuzzy butt," dasys meaning "hairy
Note that the animals commonly known as agoutis are not the same as those with the scientifical name Agouti (the pacas).
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Red-rumped agoutis are 16-25 inches long (including a one-inch tail), and weigh from two to nine pounds.
The scientific name Dasyprocta is Greek and translates to Dasy "hairy" and Procta "rectum", named by a scientist with a sense of humour! (Full text)
Agoutis are subject to predation from larger animals including cats, dogs, and (Full text)
Geographical variation and distribution: The genus Dasyprocta is found in southeastern Mexico (Veracruz), Paraguay, southern Brazil, northeastern Argentina, east of the Andes, and in Trinidad and certain other Caribbean islands. (Full text)
Main Entry: dasyprocta dasyprocta is one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged. (Full text)
Agoutis are found in the Guianas of South America. (Full text)