03 2 / 2013

Ring-tailed Coati, Nasua nasua
Coatis are found in North, Central and South America, primarily in dense forest and jungle habitats though there are species found in grasslands, mountains and even deserts.  They are medium-sized mammals related to raccoons.  There are five recognized species in two genera:  the White-nosed, Ring-tailed (or South American) and Cozumel Coatis of the genus Nasua, and the East and West Mountain Coatis of the genus Nasuella.   There is some controversy over whether the Cozumbel Coati is merely a subspecies of the South American Coati, and whether the two genera should be merged.  Very little is known about the mountain coatis.
The Ring-tailed Coati is found widely in tropical and sub-tropical South America especially in the lowlands east of the Andes.  Chile is the only South American country in which this species is not found.  These coatis typically live in forest and are comfortable on the ground or in the trees.  They eat fruit, invertebrates, small animals and birds’ eggs.  Females live in large group called bands of 15 to 30 individuals, while males are solitary except during the breeding season.  They are not territorial so bands and males’ paths may cross.  Females come into heat simultaneously when fruit is most readily available (during the rainy season) and leave the band to give birth to their kits.  After about five weeks, the mother and her kits rejoin the band.  Females typically remain in the band they are born into but males leave after a few years.
Ring-tailed Coatis are variable in color and can be tan to a reddish color; the rings on their tails are not more distinct that other species, but they lack the white nose and eye markings of the White-nosed Coati.(x)

Ring-tailed Coati, Nasua nasua

Coatis are found in North, Central and South America, primarily in dense forest and jungle habitats though there are species found in grasslands, mountains and even deserts.  They are medium-sized mammals related to raccoons.  There are five recognized species in two genera:  the White-nosed, Ring-tailed (or South American) and Cozumel Coatis of the genus Nasua, and the East and West Mountain Coatis of the genus Nasuella.   There is some controversy over whether the Cozumbel Coati is merely a subspecies of the South American Coati, and whether the two genera should be merged.  Very little is known about the mountain coatis.

The Ring-tailed Coati is found widely in tropical and sub-tropical South America especially in the lowlands east of the Andes.  Chile is the only South American country in which this species is not found.  These coatis typically live in forest and are comfortable on the ground or in the trees.  They eat fruit, invertebrates, small animals and birds’ eggs.  Females live in large group called bands of 15 to 30 individuals, while males are solitary except during the breeding season.  They are not territorial so bands and males’ paths may cross.  Females come into heat simultaneously when fruit is most readily available (during the rainy season) and leave the band to give birth to their kits.  After about five weeks, the mother and her kits rejoin the band.  Females typically remain in the band they are born into but males leave after a few years.

Ring-tailed Coatis are variable in color and can be tan to a reddish color; the rings on their tails are not more distinct that other species, but they lack the white nose and eye markings of the White-nosed Coati.(x)

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