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Agouti

Agouti refers to a number of species of rodents as well as a number of genes affecting coat coloration in several different animals. Agouti fur contains a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips.

  • 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).
    • Agouti is also a domestic variety of guinea pig.
  • The agouti gene is one of the genes involved in fur patterns and shadings in animals.
  • The agouti signalling peptide is a circulating hormone that acts as an antagonist at melanocortin receptors
  • Agouti-related peptide



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