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Agouti or Aguti

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AGOUTI or AGUTI (a-goo-te), rodent (Dasyprocta aguti), of the size of a rabbit, common to Trinidad and Guiana, and classed in the family Caviidae. Agoutis are slender-limbed animals, with five front and three hind toes (the first front toe very mi nute), and short tails. The hair is coarse and rough; the colour being rufous brown. In habits agoutis are nocturnal, dwelling in forests, where they conceal themselves during the day in hollow tree-trunks, or in burrows among roots. They take readily to water and swim well. Their food comprises leaves, roots, nuts and other fruits. They do much harm to plantations of sugar-cane and bananas.

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