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Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

Hi guys its Issue #7 of Impurest Cheese’s Guide to Animals. Last week the Blanket Octopus drew in the crowds like no creature before it ever has. This week’s animal was requested by @laflux. Hope you guys enjoy.

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Issue #7 – Ring Tailed Coati

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Mammalia

Order – Carnivoria

Family – Procyonidae

Genus – Nassu

Species – nassu

Related Species - There are four species of coati found across the genus Nassu (the lowland coatis) and the sister taxon Nassuella (the mountain coatis) (1)

Range

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Forest Trickster

Coatis are medium sized mammals which grow up to 110cm long (although a good portion of that is tail) and weighs on average 2kg. The species is mostly arboreal but is adaptive enough to live in other environments when forced to leave their forest home. One of the most distinctive features of all Coati species is the pig like nose that’s houses an acute sense of smell that earned it the alternative name of the Hog Nosed Racoon.

Female Coatis live and hunt in groups with the males living solitary lives often on the edge of the foraging territory of a ‘band’ of females. While classified in the Order Carnivoria, Coatis much like their relatives the Raccoons, Dogs and Bears, are omnivorous with fruit making up a large part of their diet. While fairly aggressive in defence of their families Coati are prey themselves to predators such as Jaguars (Panthera onca) and Harpy Eagles (Harpia harpyja). In addition juveniles are sometimes taken by White Headed Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capuchinus) as well (2)

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When ready to mate all the females of a Coati band will come into heat all at once. Those which become impregnated will then leave the group for a period of time, create a breeding nest in a tree cavity and return once the pups are six weeks old and mobile enough to keep up with the band. Coatis are house trainable and the ones in captivity can be sustained on fruit and insects alone. While feeding is easy the species needs to be kept busy and requires regular vaccinations for both cat and dog diseases making it a costly pet to keep. In addition current UK legislation makes owning the species within the nation and her territories illegal. (3)

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Five Fun Coati Facts

The name Coati comes from the Tupi words Cua (Belt) and tim (Nose). This name probably came from the animals habit of sleeping with its nose resting on the white band on its belly

Coatis (and a few of their relatives) are double jointed and have the ability to turn their ankles more than 180 degrees around. This comes in handy when descending down trees head first.

The resin from the Trattinickia tree is highly sought out by Coatis from Panama. They rub the material over their fur although so far the purpose of this behavior is currently unknown.

Recently a wild population of Coatis has been seen far outside their natural range in Cumbria, England. It’s assumed the animals were escaped pets that were abandoned after new legislation made their private ownership illegal (4)

While Coatis are not endangered the population of the Cozumel Island sub-species is considered 'in danger of extinction' due to human activity encroaching on their island homes.

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Bibliography

(1) – www.arkive.org

(2) - Perry S., Rose L. (1994). "Begging and transfer of coati meat by white-faced capuchin monkeys, Cebus capucinus". Primates 35 (4): 409–415.

(3) - Woolas. P (2007). The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (No.2) Order 2007. Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(4) - http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/8244839.Coati_numbers_on_the_increase_in_South_Lakeland/

Picture References

[1] - http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130505081536/animalofthewould/images/0/0c/South_American_Coati.jpg

[2] - http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/naturelibrary/images/ic/464x261/s/so/south_american_coati/south_american_coati_map.gif

[3] - http://cdn2.arkive.org/media/91/91B87AC8-AC4D-4213-ADFE-A7CA18BE9469/Presentation.Large/South-American-coati-young-.jpg

[4] - http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sWx6C1w3uzU/UkhCIZUo3DI/AAAAAAAADNc/DoRh613I7mo/s400/IMG_8584.JPG

Hope you guys enjoyed the insight into this crafty creature. Drop me a comment with an animal you want explored in the next issue

#1 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#2 Posted by laflux (14128 posts) - - Show Bio

nice :)

#3 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#4 Posted by Xwraith (15274 posts) - - Show Bio

Why didn't I know about this until now?

#5 Posted by warlock360 (28040 posts) - - Show Bio

This is actually informative, the title was misleading to me :D

#6 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#7 Posted by warlock360 (28040 posts) - - Show Bio
#8 Posted by Xwraith (15274 posts) - - Show Bio
#9 Posted by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

That animal is pretty cool, I never seen anything like it. Good job!

#10 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#11 Edited by Ostyo (6691 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese: What funny looking little critter. Looks like somebody grabbed a raccoon by it's nose and pulled really hard.

#12 Edited by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@ostyo: All the better to root around the leaf litter with. Thanks for the comment. :-)

#13 Edited by The_Deathstroker (5455 posts) - - Show Bio

He looks so cute!!

Another great issue by the way. Keep them coming.

#14 Edited by Delphic (1463 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese Really neat. I'm always surprised about how many different animals out there that I don't know about. This one sort of looks like a cross between a badger, a racoon, with a little lemur in there. I was interested to learn that Capuchin monkeys actually eat the younger ones. I always thought monkeys were herbivores.

If I might make a suggestion, perhaps next week or in the future, we could see a unique breed of Owl? I like Owls. :P

#15 Edited by Project_Worm (3339 posts) - - Show Bio

Is it super weird that for the second week in a row I've focused on the mating part of the article? I'm a freak.

#16 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@deathstrokergeist: Thanks

@project_worm: Say Chic. No you're not

@delphic: CapuchinMonkeys are omnivorous, some primates are predominantly herbivores like gibbons, orangs and gorillas but most are omnivores. So an Owl huh. I'll see what I can rustle up

#17 Posted by Project_Worm (3339 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Posted by MaccyD (3547 posts) - - Show Bio

How did I never know of this?

Love this animal, looks like someone cross-bred a shrew and a red panda.

#19 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@maccyd: No idea, the link for the earlier issues are in an earlier post. Thanks for the comment. :-)

@project_worm: Just you wait for a future issue on the African Bat Bug. The species practices sexual sadism

#20 Edited by wildvine (8336 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese

Trey cool. I knew Pokemon were real. Heehee

To me they look more like Lemur doggies. Good article.

@samimista The lost tribe has been found!

#21 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Thanks. And what pokemon would the Coati be? I'm interested in hearing where this is going.

#22 Posted by wildvine (8336 posts) - - Show Bio
#23 Edited by Project_Worm (3339 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Or Furret... yes, yes I know that's a ferret but at least it has a ringed tail.

#24 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: @project_worm: Both good matches. Maybe we'll see something when Game Freak releases the Gen VI Pokemon Games

#25 Posted by wildvine (8336 posts) - - Show Bio
#26 Posted by Project_Worm (3339 posts) - - Show Bio
#27 Posted by Project_Worm (3339 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Didn't see your comment... woops!

#28 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
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#30 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#31 Posted by Samimista (20597 posts) - - Show Bio

Hehe! I thought of @laflux right away when I saw the title. XD Never heard of coatis until he mentioned it honestly! They really are cute though! And house trainable? =O Does that mean they could be pets? 0.0

@wildvine - Hehe! =D The raccoon's cousin!

#32 Edited by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@samimista: Yes they can be house trained but they revert back to a wild state as they get older and are vulnerable to cat and dog diseases and thus need inoculations for both. Also have you guys ever heard of a Racoon Dog?

The Racoon Dog. The Eurasian answer to a Racoon

#33 Posted by Samimista (20597 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese:

Ooh! Poor coati. D=

Aw! That is adorable! <3 To be honest, I never seen a raccoon in person but think they're adorable. D= They're just misjudged!

#34 Posted by laflux (14128 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese: Yeah I have. They can't reguritate thier food to give to thier young like Dogs though IIRC :p

#35 Posted by cattlebattle (12579 posts) - - Show Bio

I choose you, coati!

#36 Posted by laflux (14128 posts) - - Show Bio

Hehe! I thought of @laflux right away when I saw the title. XD Never heard of coatis until he mentioned it honestly! They really are cute though! And house trainable? =O Does that mean they could be pets? 0.0

Charles the Coati is finally represented :P

#37 Posted by Samimista (20597 posts) - - Show Bio

@laflux: Hehe! =D All hail Charles the Coati!

#38 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#39 Posted by wildvine (8336 posts) - - Show Bio

Raccoati

#40 Edited by Samimista (20597 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese: Woah. 0.0 Actual dogs? =O Amazing! I'd name one Tom Nook! =D

#41 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Did you just make up a pokemon?

@samimista: Yep. Sadly some of the fabric known as faux fur comes from Raccoon Dog pelts

#42 Posted by cattlebattle (12579 posts) - - Show Bio
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#44 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#45 Posted by cattlebattle (12579 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: What Happened? (She asks as Pokemon Showdown plays in the background)

I guess it could combine with a goat to make a ring tailed Goati.....

#46 Edited by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: Oh okay naming Pokemon. I'd call it Nastai (Nassu and Coati mixed together) to make a Normal/Dark type

#47 Posted by cattlebattle (12579 posts) - - Show Bio

@cattlebattle: Oh okay naming Pokemon. I'd call it Nastai (Nassu and Coati mixed together) to make a Normal/Dark type

Insanity.

#48 Posted by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio
#49 Edited by Samimista (20597 posts) - - Show Bio

@impurestcheese: v____v That really is a shame. Had no idea honestly.

Do you know of ocelots? =O

http://24.media.tumblr.com/df23726220a1023c9871b1b91247271e/tumblr_mvv81yyAqW1rafsmko1_500.jpg

Salvador Dali had one for a pet! Babou which is also Archer's ocelot. =D

#50 Edited by ImpurestCheese (4630 posts) - - Show Bio