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An agouti in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Agouti refers to a number of species of Central and South American rodents, whose fur contains a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips.[1][2][3] It can also be used to describe a similar multi-coloured coat in animals such as cats and goats.


When referring to a rodent, agouti can mean:

  • The common agoutis (genus Dasyprocta), are those popularly called agoutis
  • Acouchies (genus Myoprocta), commonly called tailed agoutis
  • Pacas (genus Cuniculus, which was formerly called Agouti), contains the two species of pacas and is the only genus in the family Cuniculidae
  • Agouti is also a guinea pig breed


Agouti is used to describe the colouring of domestic rabbits if they are coloured like their wild cousins. Agouti can also be used for similar multi-colour patterns in cats, such as the grey stripes in tabby cats that are actually a combination of colours.[4] Another example is when used to classify colouring in goats for example, pygmy goats.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Agouti". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Central American Agouti". UK: BBC. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mammals: Agouti". USA: San Diego Zoo. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ McHattie, Grace. "Agouti". All about Cats: The Cat Lover's Dictionary. London: Robinson Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 1-85487-266-4. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Cuniculus at Wikimedia Commons