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Coati, Nasua nasua


Short description of Nasua nasua, Coati

The South American coati resembles its close relative the raccoon Procyon lotor of North and Central America in size and general appearance.  Its fur is a pale brown, often reddish, with darker legs, feet, ears and markings around the face and long, pointed snout.  The tail is thick and bushy, strongly ringed with darker brown, and often held aloft.  The animals are active diurnally, hunting for fruit or for animal prey on the ground or high in trees.

Description of Nasua nasua, Coati status in GB

The South American, ring-tailed or brown-nosed coati is not thought to be established in GB but has occasionally been observed outside the confines of zoological collections.  No instances are known of breeding in the wild in GB.  Like its relative the raccoon, it might have the potential to become invasive in GB.

Habitat summary: Nasua nasua, Coati

A variety of wooded landscapes are inhabited by South American coatis, including gallery forest, cerrado (tropical and woodland savannah) and wetlands.  Forests are generally preferred and open areas used more sporadically.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Mexico, Central America, Brazil, Argentina Distrito Federal, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Paraguay, Surinam, Uruguay, Venezuela
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: ?
Date of first record: Unknown

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Coati

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 2nd 2019

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