Girish Mahajan

Cozumel Island coati

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Mammalia
Family  Procyonidae
Scientific name  Nasua nelsoni
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Carnivora
Genus  Nasua
Rank  Species
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Similar  Cozumel raccoon, White‑nosed coati, Nasuella, Nasuella olivacea, Tres Marias raccoon

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The Cozumel Island coati (Nasua narica nelsoni) is a coati from the Mexican island of Cozumel. It is in the family Procyonidae, which also includes raccoons, olingos, and kinkajous. It has been treated as a species, but the vast majority of recent authorities treat it as a subspecies of the white-nosed coati. Cozumel Island coatis are slightly smaller than the white-nosed coatis of the adjacent mainland (N. n. yucatanica); but, when compared more widely to white-nosed coatis, the difference in size is not as clear. The level of other differences also support its status as a subspecies rather than a separate species.

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It has been speculated that it is the result of an ancient introduction to Cozumel by the Mayans, Although not rated by the IUCN (where included in the widespread white-nosed coati), it is believed that the Cozumel Island coati is highly threatened and close to extinction.

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References

Cozumel Island coati Wikipedia


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