Agoutidae

Class Mammalia Order Rodentia Suborder Hystricognathi Family Agoutidae

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Like a giant guinea pig, it is a large square-headed rodent, with small ears, almost no visible tail, and a pattern of white spots and stripes on its flanks

Size

Head and body length, 20-30.5 in (50-77.4 cm); tail, 5-9 in (13-23 cm); weight, 13.2-31 lb (6-14 kg)

Number of genera, species

1 genus; 2 species

Habitat

Forests and semi-open areas

Conservation status

Lower Risk/Near Threatened: 1 species

Distribution

Central and South America

Distribution

Central and South America

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