Agouti (Dasyprocta agouti)

The Agouti is a tropical rodent that looks to most Americans to be a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel.

Agoutis are very important seed dispersers. They feed on seeds from trees and will transport and bury seeds in "caches," much like squirrels do in the temperate forests. They go back to dig up some of the seeds, but forget about others. The forgotten seeds become the next generation of trees in the rainforest.
 

Copyright 1997-2007 Gerald R. Urquhart. For information on using this website in your classroom (which is free and highly encouraged), please contact Dr. Urquhart by email, urquhar5@msu.edu. Also, please send any comments or corrections to Dr. Urquhart.