Myoprocta acouchy 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Rodentia Dasyproctidae

Scientific Name: Myoprocta acouchy
Species Authority: (Erxleben, 1777)
Common Name(s):
English Red Acouchi
Myoprocta exilis (Wagler, 1831)
Taxonomic Source(s): Gilbert, J.A. in press. Family Dasyproctidae. In: Wilson, D.E., Lacher, T.E., Jr and Mittermeier, R.A. (eds), Handbook of Mammals of the World. Vol. 6. Lagomorphs and Rodents: Part 1., Lynx Editions, Barcelona.
Taxonomic Notes: The name acouchy has been applied to the Red Acouchi by Thomas (1926), Emmons and Feer (1997), and others; and the Green Acouchi by Tate (1939), Woods (1993), and others. Voss et al. (2001) pointed out that the disagreement among these authors geography or color should be given greater importance in applying the name acouchy. Voss et al. (2001) favored geography and selected a neotype of Cavia acouchy Erxleben (1777) that stabilizes the nomenclature.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Catzeflis, F., Weksler, M. & Bonvicino, C.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Least Concern in because of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, and because it is unlikely to be declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil north of the Amazon and east of the Rio Branco (Voss et al., 2001; Woods and Kilpatrick, 2001).
Countries occurrence:
Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname
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Population [top]

Population:This rodent is abundant in some areas.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This terrestrial species occurs in lowland evergreen tropical forest (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). It can exist in altered areas close to natural forest. It scatters and hoards the fruits and nuts it consumes. Captive studies suggest the species could be monogamous (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999). Gestation is 99 days after which a litter, usually of two, is produced (Eisenberg and Redford, 1999).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is over-hunted; it has caused local extirpation in some areas of Suriname and French Guiana. Also, this rodent is kept as a pet in some indigenous populations in Brazil.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This rodent occurs in several protected areas.

Citation: Catzeflis, F., Weksler, M. & Bonvicino, C. 2008. Myoprocta acouchy. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T14100A4390649. . Downloaded on 25 August 2016.
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