Agouti

Dasyproctacommon agoutiagoutisDasyprocta sp. n.Guatin
The term agouti (agutí, ) or common agouti designates several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta.wikipedia
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Rodent

rodentsRodentiaRodentia indet.
The term agouti (agutí, ) or common agouti designates several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta.
The agouti is fleet-footed and antelope-like, being digitigrade and having hoof-like nails.

Paca

CuniculidaeCuniculusgibnut
The related pacas were placed by some authorities in a genus called Agouti, though Cuniculus has priority and is the correct term.
They were formerly grouped with the agoutis in the family Dasyproctidae, subfamily Agoutinae, but were given full family status because they differ in the number of toes, the shape of the skull, and coat patterning.

Central American agouti

Dasyprocta punctataagoutiagoutis
The Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) is a species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae.

Black agouti

añujeBlack agouti (''Dasyprocta fuliginosa'')D. fuliginosa
The black agouti, Dasyprocta fuliginosa, is a South American species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae.

Azara's agouti

Dasyprocta azaraeAzara’s AgoutiD.azarae
Azara's agouti (Dasyprocta azarae) is a South American agouti species from the family Dasyproctidae.

Guarani language

GuaraníGuaraniGuaraní language
The name "agouti" is derived from either Guarani or Tupi, both South American indigenous languages, in which the name is written variously as agutí, agoutí, or acutí.
Other words are: "agouti" from akuti, "tapir" from tapira, "açaí" from ïwasa'i ("[fruit that] cries or expels water"), and "warrah" from aguará meaning "fox".

Black-rumped agouti

D. prymnolopha
The black-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta prymnolopha) is an agouti species from the family Dasyproctidae.

Brazil nut

Bertholletia excelsaBrazil nutsBrazil-nut
They are regarded as one of the few species (along with macaws) that can open Brazil nuts without tools, mainly thanks to their strength and exceptionally sharp teeth.
The capsule contains a small hole at one end, which enables large rodents like the agouti to gnaw it open.

Red-rumped agouti

Brazilian agoutiDasyprocta leporinaD. leporina
The red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina), also known as the golden-rumped agouti, orange-rumped agouti or Brazilian agouti, is a species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae.

Ruatan Island agouti

D. ruatanicaDasyprocta ruatanica
The Ruatan Island agouti (Dasyprocta ruatanica), also called the Roatán Island agouti, is a species of agouti in the family Dasyproctidae.

Lowland paca

Cuniculus pacaAgouti pacatepezcuintle
There is much confusion in the nomenclature of this and related species; see agouti.

Genus

generageneric namegeneric
The term agouti (agutí, ) or common agouti designates several rodent species of the genus Dasyprocta.

Middle America (Americas)

Middle AmericaMiddleMiddle American
They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles.

South America

South AmericanSouthSouth-America
The name "agouti" is derived from either Guarani or Tupi, both South American indigenous languages, in which the name is written variously as agutí, agoutí, or acutí. They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles.

Lesser Antilles

Lesser AntilleanLesserPetites Antilles
They are native to Middle America, northern and central South America, and the southern Lesser Antilles.

Introduced species

introducedexotic speciesintroduction
Some species have also been introduced elsewhere in the West Indies.

West Indies

West IndianCaribbean basinWest Indians
Some species have also been introduced elsewhere in the West Indies.

Guinea pig

guinea pigsCavia porcelluscuy
They are related to guinea pigs and look quite similar, but are larger and have longer legs.

Ivory Coast

Côte d'ivoireIvorianCote d'Ivoire
In West Africa (especially Ivory Coast), the name "agouti" designates the greater cane rat which, while an agricultural pest, is sought to be consumed as a delicacy bushmeat.

Greater cane rat

Thryonomys swinderianusGrass CutterT. swinderianus
In West Africa (especially Ivory Coast), the name "agouti" designates the greater cane rat which, while an agricultural pest, is sought to be consumed as a delicacy bushmeat.

Bushmeat

bush meatmeatbush-meat
In West Africa (especially Ivory Coast), the name "agouti" designates the greater cane rat which, while an agricultural pest, is sought to be consumed as a delicacy bushmeat.

Tupi language

TupiOld TupiOld Tupi language
The name "agouti" is derived from either Guarani or Tupi, both South American indigenous languages, in which the name is written variously as agutí, agoutí, or acutí.

Molar (tooth)

molarmolarsmolar teeth
The molar teeth have cylindrical crowns, with several islands and a single lateral fold of enamel.

Tooth enamel

enameldental enamelenamel prism
The molar teeth have cylindrical crowns, with several islands and a single lateral fold of enamel.

Diurnality

diurnaldiurnal activityactive during the day
Reports differ as to whether they are diurnal or nocturnal animals.