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Dasyprocta leporina



Dasyprocta leporina (agouti)


  • Last modified
  • 15 November 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Dasyprocta leporina
  • Preferred Common Name
  • agouti
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Chordata
  •       Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •         Class: Mammalia
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Dasyprocta leporina

Preferred Common Name

  • agouti

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Chordata
  •             Subphylum: Vertebrata
  •                 Class: Mammalia
  •                     Order: Rodentia
  •                         Family: Dasyproctidae
  •                             Genus: Dasyprocta
  •                                 Species: Dasyprocta leporina

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Central America and Caribbean

Saint LuciaPresent, few occurrences Invasive Clarke, 2009Classified as native by some and alien by others; believed to have been introduced by Amerindians. REported to raid crops, but apparently uncommon

Habitat List

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Clarke FM, 2009. The Mammals of Saint Lucia: Species Accounts, Distribution, Abundance, Ecology, Conservation and Management of Saint Lucia's Native and Introduced Wild Mammals. Technical Report No. 1 to the National Forest Demarcation and Bio-Physical Resource Inventory Project. Helsinki, Finland: FCG International Ltd.

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