Dasyprocta guamara


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dasyprocta guamara
Species Authority: Ojasti, 1972
Common Name(s):
English Orinoco Agouti

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Ochoa, J. & Rivas, B.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
This species is listed as Near Threatened because its extent of occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000 km², and the extent and quality of its habitat are probably declining, the species is also hunted in indigenous areas thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable under criterion B1ab(iii).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The Orinoco agouti is found only in Delta Amacuro State, Venezuela (Ochoa et al., 2005). It occurs only in lowland areas, from 0 m asl to 30 m asl (Linares, 1998).
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a diurnal and terrestrial species. It occurs in flooded areas where the vegetation is rainforest or mangrove (J. Ochoa pers. comm.) and it feeds on fruits and seeds.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is hunted for food in indigenous areas. It is also affected by habitat destruction (J. Ochoa pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is protected under Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife Protocol in Venezuela. Much of its range is within protected areas.

Citation: Ochoa, J. & Rivas, B. 2008. Dasyprocta guamara. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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