Overview

Distribution

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).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

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
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
NT
Near Threatened

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Ochoa, J. & Rivas, B.

Reviewer/s
Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Schipper, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
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).
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Population

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

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

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

Conservation Actions

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.
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Wikipedia

Orinoco Agouti

The Orinoco Agouti (Dasyprocta guamara) is a species of rodent in the Dasyproctidae family. It is endemic to Venezuela.

References

  1. ^ Ochoa, J. & Rivas, B. (2008). Dasyprocta guamara. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 5 January 2009.
  • Woods, C. A. and C. W. Kilpatrick. 2005. Hystricognathi. Pp 1538-1600 in Mammal Species of the World a Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder eds. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.
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