Coiba Island agouti

Dasyprocta coibae

TAXONOMY

Dasyprocta coibae Thomas, 1902, Coiba Island, off southwestern Panama.

OTHER COMMON NAMES French: Agouti de l'lle de Coiba.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length, 12.6-25.2 in (32-64 cm); tail, 0.4-2.75 in (1-7 cm); weight, 1.3-8.8 lb (0.6-4 kg). The fur is a coarsely grizzled brown. Rump hairs are orange tipped, but not as conspicuously elongated as in mainland populations of D. punctata, from which it is presumably descendant. The body size is like that of D. punctata, but the tail is much longer than usual (to 1.18 in [3 cm]). The belly and throat are yellowish.

DISTRIBUTION

Coiba Island, Panama.

HABITAT

Occurs in deciduous seasonally dry forest.

BEHAVIOR Nothing is known.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Nothing is known.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nothing is known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered. It is restricted to a very small area of declining habitat.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Not known. ♦

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