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Black Agouti - Dasyprocta fuliginosa
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Black Agouti - Dasyprocta fuliginosa

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Dasyproctidae
Genus: Dasyprocta
Species: D. fuliginosa

Description: Its body measures 45 to 76 cm long, with tail of 1 to 3 cm. The females are smaller than the males. The hind legs are 12 to 14 cm long with three fingers. In the anterior leg it has 4 fingers and a vestige of thumb. The upper fur is blackish gray, longer on the back; in the lower parts it is brown to yellow and white.

Distribution: He is native of Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and the noroccidente of Brazil, until the 1500 ms of altitude.

Diet: Diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and various succulent plants.

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Reproduction: Each female has two births a year, in each of which 2 offspring are born (sometimes 3 or up to 4). The gestation lasts from 98 to 110 days.

Behavior: Agoutis are basically diurnal, but in areas where they have been affected by humans they may not leave their shelters until dusk. They are terrestrial and are adapted for a cursorial life. They walk, trot or gallop on their digits, and also can jump vertically at least two meters from a standing start. Aggression increases in adults at the onset of every new litter. This is caused by the shortage of available food. During courtship rituals, the male sprays the female with urine causing her to go into a frenzy dance.

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