Central American agouti

Dasyprocta punctata

The Central American agouti is a species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae. The main portion of its range is from Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula , through Central America, to northwestern Ecuador, Colombia and far western Venezuela. A highly disjunct population is found in southeastern Peru, far southwestern Brazil, Bolivia, western Paraguay and far northwestern Argentina. The disjunct population has been treated as a separate species, the brown agouti , but a major review of the geographic variation is necessary. The Central American agouti has also been introduced to Cuba and the Cayman Islands.

Though some populations are reduced due to hunting and deforestation, large populations remain and it is not considered threatened.
Central American agouti, Tatama National Park Nearing the end of our daytime hike at Tatama National Park, we found this Agouti close to the lodge area. Initially surprising as they tend to be pretty shy, but it became soon clear they were being fed from that place. We saw them every day at this same place. Central American agouti,Cerro Montezuma,Choco,Chocó,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Dasyprocta punctata,Fall,Geotagged,Montezuma,South America,Tatama National Park,Tatamá National Park,World

Appearance

Central American agoutis from the main part of their range weigh 3–4.2 kg and are typically reddish, orange or yellowish grizzled with black. In northern Colombia, western Venezuela, and on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica and Panama the foreparts are brownish or blackish grizzled with tawny or olivaceous, the mid-body is orange, and the rump is black or cream. In western Colombia and Ecuador some have tawny foreparts and yellowish to the rump. Agoutis from the disjunct southern population which sometimes are treated as a separate species, ''Dasyprocta variegata'', weigh 3–5.2 kg and are grizzled brown, yellowish and black, or grizzled black and orange.
Central American agoutis, Tatama National Park, Colombia Returning from a hike on the 2nd day in Tatama National Park, we again spotted an agouti at the exact same spot, due to them being fed there. Only difference is that now there were two :) Central American agouti,Cerro Montezuma,Choco,Chocó,Colombia,Colombia Choco & Pacific region,Dasyprocta punctata,Fall,Geotagged,Montezuma,South America,Tatama National Park,Tatamá National Park,World

Behavior

Like other agoutis, Central American agoutis are diurnal and live in monogamous pairs. They mainly feed on fruits and seeds, and are important seed dispersers.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderRodentia
FamilyDasyproctidae
GenusDasyprocta
Species