Green acouchi

Myoprocta acouchy

TAXONOMY

Myoprocta acouchy (Erxleben, 1777), French Cayenne, Guiana. OTHER COMMON NAMES

Spanish: Chachure, oatiara, curi, tintin, guatusa, papali, pun-chana.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Head and body length, 12.6-14.9 in (32-38 cm); tail, 1.8-2.75 in (4.5-7 cm); weight, 1.3-2.8 lb (0.6-1.3 kg). The back and flanks are greenish or blackish, with reddish or orange on the throat, cheeks, and muzzle, and the belly and inner surface of the legs are generally yellow or white. The rump hairs have distinct bands of contrasting colors. The underside of the tail is prominently covered in short white hairs that contrast with the body colors.

DISTRIBUTION

Found in northern South America, east of the Andes, and in the western part of the Amazon basin.

HABITAT

Lives in primary lowland forest, proximity to water preferred. It is not found in disturbed and open areas.

BEHAVIOR

Similar to red acouchi.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Similar to red acouchi.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

The estrous cycle is 42 days and the gestation period is around 99 days. The litter size is two (exceptionally three), each of which weighs approximately 3.5 oz (100 g) at birth and is fully furred and is born with open eyes. The female has four pairs of mammae. Time to wean can be as short as 14 days. In both sexes puberty is reached in eight to12 months. Has lived more than 10 years in captivity. Mating system is not known.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Hunted for meat. ♦

Common name / Scientific name

Physical characteristics

Habitat and behavior

Distribution

Diet

Conservation status

Black agouti Dasyprocta fuliginosa

Kalinowski's agouti Dasyprocta kalinowskii

Crested agouti Dasyprocta cristata

Orinoco agouti Dasyprocta guamara

Black-rumped agouti Dasyprocta prymnolopha

Azara's agouti Dasyprocta azarae

Fur is coarse, glossy, longest, and thickest on posterior of back. Color ranges from pale orange to brown to almost black. Underparts are white, yellow, or buff. Body is slender, ears are short. Head and body length 16-24 in (41.5-62 cm), tail length 0.39-1.4 in (1-3.5 cm), weight 2.2-8.8 lb (1-4 kg).

Upperparts range from pale orange to brown to black. Underparts are white, yellow, or buff. Slight stripes may be present. Slender body, short ears. Head and body length 16-24 in (41.5-62 cm), tail length 0.39-1.4 in (13-3.5 cm).

Upperparts range from pale orange to brown to black. Underparts are white, yellow, or buff. Slight stripes may be present. Slender body, short ears. Head and body length 16-24 in (41.5-62 cm), tail length 0.39-1.4 in (1-3.5 cm).

Upperparts range from pale orange to brown to black. Underparts are white, yellow, or buff. Slight stripes may be present. Slender body, short ears. Head and body length 16-24 in (41.5-62 cm), tail length 0.39-1.4 in (1-3.5 cm).

Upperparts are dark red to shining orange Ears are pale yellow, bases are orange. Crown, neck, and parts of back are blackish. Eyes are large. Head and body length 19.3-26 in (49.2-65.2 cm).

Upperparts range from pale orange to brown to black. Underparts are white, yellow, or buff. Slight stripes may be present. Slender body, short ears. Head and body length 16-24 in (41.5-62 cm), tail length 0.39-1.4 in (1-3.5 cm).

Forests, thick brush, savannas, and cultivated areas. Diurnal, terrestrial, breeds throughout the year.

Forests, thick brush, savannas, and cultivated areas. Constructs burrows among limestone boulders, along riverbanks, or under the roots of trees. Diurnal.

Forests, thick brush, savannas, and cultivated areas. Constructs burrows among limestone boulders, along riverbanks, or under the roots of trees. Diurnal.

Forests, thick brush, savannas, and cultivated areas. Constructs burrows among limestone boulders, along riverbanks, or under the roots of trees. Diurnal.

By streams, rivers, or marshy areas. Diurnal, terrestrial, lives in pairs.

Rainforests and chaco habitats. Constructs burrows among limestone boulders, along riverbanks, or under the roots of trees. Diurnal.

Colombia, southern Venezuela, Suriname, northern Brazil, and Peru.

Southeastern Peru.

Fruits, vegetables, and Not listed by various succulent plants. IUCN

Guianas.

Orinoco Delta, Venezuela.

Northeastern Brazil.

East-central and southern Brazil, Paraguay, and northeastern Argentina.

Mainly fruits.

Mainly fruits.

Mainly fruits.

Data Deficient

Data Deficient

Not threatened

Fruits, nuts, and seeds. Not threatened

Fruits, nuts, and seeds. Vulnerable

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