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Brazilian Journal of Biology

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Abstract

FIGUEIRA, L et al. Carrion consumption by Dasyprocta leporina (RODENTIA: DASYPROCTIDAE) and a review of meat use by agoutis. Braz. J. Biol. [online]. 2014, vol.74, n.3, pp.585-587. ISSN 1519-6984.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/bjb.2014.0087.

The consumption of the carrion of a tapiti by a reintroduced female Dasyprocta leporina was observed in the wild. Herein, besides describing this event, we reviewed other evidence of vertebrate consumption by agoutis. Most of the studies describing this behaviour have been carried out in captivity. The preyed animals included birds and small rodents, which were sometimes killed by agoutis. This pattern suggests that this is not an anomalous behaviour for the genus, reflecting its omnivorous habits. This behaviour can be a physiologically sound feeding strategy, so new studies should focus on the temporal variation in the consumption of this resource, possibly related to food scarcity periods or to reproductive seasons, when the need for high-quality food tends to increase.

Keywords : diet; Rodentia; zoophagy; carrion.

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