Red-rumped Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina)
(aka Dasyprocta agouti)
Red-rumped Agouti, Roraima, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image The Red-rumped Agouti is a large rodent with long legs, a humped back and a large rump of varying colour.

It is found in South America from Venezuela to Bahia, Brazil east of the Rio Negro and Rio Madeira.

Red-rumped Agouti, Carajás, Pará, Brazil, October 2005 - click for larger image It is active during the day when it feeds on fruit, nuts and seeds often burying these for later use and so acting as important agents of seed dispersal for trees.

There is an illustration in Emmons, Plate 29.

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