Significance to humans

Agoutis are often heavily hunted and may constitute a regional mainstay for local hunters. They are a very important disperser of the seeds of rainforest trees.

1. Roatân Island agouti (Dasyprocta ruatanica); 2. Mexican black agouti (Dasyprocta mexicana); 3. Red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina); 4. Coiba Island agouti (Dasyprocta coibae); 5. Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata); 6. Green acouchi (Myoprocta acouchy); 7. Red acouchi (Myoprocta exilis). (Illustration by Brian Cressman)

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