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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) Predation on Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata)

Enzo Aliaga-Rossel, Ricardo S. Moreno, Roland W. Kays and Jacalyn Giacalone
Biotropica
Vol. 38, No. 5 (Sep., 2006), pp. 691-694
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30045382
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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) Predation on Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata)
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Abstract

We collected details on the predation of four agoutis (Dasyprocta punctata) by ocelots (Leopardus pardalis). All kills were made outside of the typical agouti activity period (<0500 h). Agoutis were captured from behind and killed with a bite through the back of the skull. The kill sites for two female agoutis were significantly closer to their den sites than expected, while kill sites for two males were not. All carcasses were completely covered by leaves during the day and were fed on during night hours. Predation by ocelots can be a significant cause of mortality for agoutis at Barro Colorado Island (BCI). /// Colectamos detalles en la depredación de 4 agoutis (Dasyprocta punctata) por ocelotes (Leoparduspardalis). Todas las depredaciones fueron fuera del periodo típico de actividad (<0500 h). Los agoutis fueron capturados por detrás y muertos con una mordida en la parte trasera del cráneo. Los lugares de muerte en las dos hembras fueron significativamente cerca de sus guaridas, mientras que los machos no. Los cadáveres fueron completamente cubiertos con hojarasca durante el día y fueron consumidos solamente durante la noche. La depredación por ocelotes puede ser una causa significativa de mortalidad de los agoutis en BCI.

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