- November 25, 2022
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
- Red-rumped agouti are being traded even more than the listed species in various conventions.
- The red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina), also known as the golden-rumped agouti, orange-rumped agouti or Brazilian agouti, is a species of agouti from the family Dasyproctidae.
- It is native to northeastern South America, where found in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, northeastern Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Lucia in the Caribbean.
- It has also been introduced to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grenada, and Dominica.
- It is found in a wide range of forests, including rainforest and secondary forest.
- Food mostly consists of seeds, pulp, leaves, roots and fruits.
- They also feed on insect larvae when plant resources are low.
- They are known to feed on and disperse Astrocaryumaculeatissimum seeds, as well as Hymenaeacourbaril seeds.
Other unlisted species which are found to be traded more than those of listed species–
- Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus diductylus)
- The Caribou (Rangifer tarandus)
- Asian or Chinese water dragon (Physignathuscocincinus)
- Russian tortoise (Testudo Horsfieldii)