Dasyprocta leporina


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dasyprocta leporina
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Red-rumped Agouti, Brazilian Agouti

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Emmons, L. & Reid, F.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, occurrence in a number of protected areas, tolerance to some degree of habitat modification, lack of major threats, and because it is unlikely to be in decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in South America north of the Amazon and east of the Rio Negro (L. Emmons pers. comm.); it occurs in Venezuela, the Guianas (French Guiana, Guyana, and Suriname), central Brazil, and Trinidad and Tobago. It has been introduced to the Lesser Antilles; specifically Dominica, Grenada, and US Virgin Islands (Eisenberg and Redford 1999).
Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Dominica; Grenada; Virgin Islands, U.S.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a forest species, including degraded secondary forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species. It is hunted locally, but this is not seen as a major threat to the species overall.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in protected areas in every country in its range.

Bibliography [top]

Eisenberg, J.F. and Redford, K.H. 1999. Mammals of the Neotropics: The Central Neotropics. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

Citation: Emmons, L. & Reid, F. 2008. Dasyprocta leporina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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