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Coatimundi is a Brazilian misnomer. The correct name for this page is ring-tailed coati. If someone knows how to change this, please do so. Although the origin of this term is reported to be from the Guarani language, a native Guarani speaker I have spoken to uses a different word for coati. Regardless, this name needs to be purged from the wiki entry.

  • I agree with the above comment that Coatimudni is a misnomer. From what I understand, coati is the common name of this animal while coatimundi indicates a solitary male coati. There is a smaller article with the name Coati. These articles should be combined and the misnomer explained. -- Andrew
Be my guest! And WP:INTRO is helpful too. V-Man - T/C 06:10, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

Yup. I got really confused, because when I typed in for coati, I knew that I wasn't getting all the information.

As far as I have always understood it, the name coatimundi came about because people did not realise the males and females were the same species. Therefore, this article and Coati are very confusing and need sorting out. Salopian (talk) 17:42, 13 July 2008 (UTC)


Coatimundi is the common name for them in Panama, so its not just Brazil. Aapold (talk) 18:48, 7 December 2007 (UTC)


Yup. I got really confused, because when I typed in for coati, I knew that I wasn't getting all the information.

Bear or Raccoon[edit]

This article confuses me. In one place it says the coati is related to the raccoon. In another, it calls it a small bear. It can't be both.

Mcewenpe 19:48, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Its a Raccoon family ;) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:44, 25 March 2008 (UTC)

Scope of article[edit]

There seems to be a problem with this article, in that while it is supposedly about the species Nasua nasua, much of the content seems to be about the genus Nasua, and therefore should probably be moved to the appropriate article (Coati). WolfmanSF 22:35, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Scope of article[edit]

I agree that this page is pretty messed up. There should really be either: A) One main coati page with subheadings about the two major species, differences between them, etc... or B) Two pages, one for the Ring-tailed coati (Nasua nasua), and one for the white-nosed coati (Nasua narica). I'm not sure how to change this. If anyone knows how to, I'll be glad to write the entire N nasua page (most of the information available on this species is in my dissertation). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:23, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Yep, there should certainly not be Coati and Coatimundi. I suggest that the Coati article covers the family, there be a separate page for each species and Coatimundi just redirect to Coati. The material from this article into the family or species articles as applicable. Salopian (talk) 17:45, 13 July 2008 (UTC)

Coatis in captivity[edit]

This section should either be deleted, or moved to the Coati section. It does not belong in the Ring-tailed coati section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:25, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Merge Article[edit]

I agree that this page should be merged with the coati article and a new article specific to Nasua nasua (probably under the name "ring-tailed coati". Although this "coatimundi" article purports to be about the species Nasua nasua and the "coati" article purports to be about the genus Nasua, this "coatumundi" article seems more about the genus Nasua than about the specific species - right down to including a list of the several species within Nasua.

As for the name "coatimundi" my understanding is similar to V-Man's, that coatimundi refers to the solitary male coatis. But it does seem that the common names "coati" and "coatimundi" tend to be used interchangeably. And the term coatimundi can be used for any of the coati species - not just Nasua nasua. Which is another reason why the articles should be merged.Rlendog (talk) 02:26, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

We all seem pretty much in agreement, so how do we change it? Salopian (talk) 17:46, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
I started the process by creating a separate article for N. nasua, whose common name is "South American Coati" per Mammal Species of the World. I removed the references in this article to N. nasua from the infobox and opening of the text. Now we just need to combine the information from the "coati" and "coatimundi" articles, probably best under "coati", since "coatimundi" is really just the term for solitary males. We should probably also have an article for the genus Nasua, which currently maps to "coati", since the Andean Coati is genus Nasuella. So in the end we should have an article for "coati", encompassing both genera (which this "coatimundi" article currently sort of does), plus an article for Nasua, which the current "coati" article sort of does currently. Nasuella probably does not require its own article for now, since there is only a single species. Rlendog (talk) 21:18, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
I combined the information in "coati" and coatimundi" and placed the merged article under coati, the more generally used term (and the term used in MSW). I left the coatumundi article about the solitary males that gave rise to the term. Rlendog (talk) 03:02, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. If this article has been merged, can it be redirected to Coati? Robert K S (talk) 04:09, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Since Coatimundi has its own meaning (term for solitary male coati) I left a short article here with a link to coati. That said, I am not sure this is worth its own article, so a redirect is probably correct. I suppose the redirect can be reversed if others disagree. Rlendog (talk) 13:02, 17 July 2008 (UTC)
Actually, since there was an alternate use for "Coati Mundi", I made this a disambiguation page. Rlendog (talk) 13:08, 17 July 2008 (UTC)