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Agouti refers to a number of species of Central and South American rodents, whose fur contains a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips. It can also be used to describe a similar multi-coloured coat in animals such as cats and goats.
When referring to a rodent, agouti can mean:
- The common agoutis (genus Dasyprocta), are those popularly called agoutis
- Acouchies (genus Myoprocta), commonly called tailed agoutis
- Pacas (genus Cuniculus, which was formerly called Agouti), contains the two species of pacas and is the only genus in the family Cuniculidae
- Agouti is also a guinea pig breed
Agouti is used to describe the colouring of domestic rabbits if they are coloured like their wild cousins. Agouti can also be used for similar multi-colour patterns in cats, such as the grey stripes in tabby cats that are actually a combination of colours. Another example is when used to classify colouring in goats for example, pygmy goats.
- The agouti signalling peptide is a circulating hormone that acts like an antagonist at melanocortin receptors
- Agouti-related peptide, a neuropeptide produced in the brain by the AgRP/NPY neuron
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