Dasyproctidae

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Dasyproctidae
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Dasyproctidae
Genera

Dasyprocta
Myoprocta
Agouti

The Dasyproctidae are a family of South American rodents, comprising three genera.

Classification

The Pacas (Agouti genus) are sometimes placed in a separate family Agoutidae or as the subfamily Agoutinae.

Note that the animals commonly known as Agoutis are not the same as those with the scientific name Agouti. Adding to the confusion, the name Agoutis is sometimes used to refer to the whole family Dasyproctidae, including or excluding the Agouti genus. To avoid misunderstandings, some authors refer to the Pacas as the genus Cuniculus.

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