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White-Nosed Coati

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What is the white-nosed coati’s parental investement?
Maternal
Newborn white-nosed coatis are dependent on their mother, who only leaves the nest to find food. After 5 months, the male that mated with the band will appear for a short time, several days in a row in order to recognize his young.
Paternal
Both, Maternal & Paternal
None

What is the white-nosed coati’s classification on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species?
Least Concern
The white-nosed coati is listed as Least Concern on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Although it is locally threatened as a result of ongoing habitat loss and hunting, it is not declining at a rate nearly sufficient to qualify even for Near Threatened. It has a wide distribution range and is present in many protected areas across its range.
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near Threatened

The white-nosed coati’s snout has a flexible end.
True
The white-nosed coati’s snout is long and pointed with a flexible end.
False

White-nosed coatis cause crop damage and take small farm animals.
True
White-nosed coatis will only occasionally cause crop damage and rarely take small farm animals.
False

What features originated the white-nosed coati’s names?
Nose
Coatis are also referred to in some texts as coatimundis. The prefix coati means belt, and Tim means nose referring to the way the coatis tuck their noses under their bellies to sleep. The white-nosed coati’s scientific name is Nasua narica. The name Nasua is Latin for nose, possibly for the same reason.
Sleeping Posture
Coatis are also referred to in some texts as coatimundis. The name coati or coatimundi is Tupian Indian in origin. The prefix coati means belt, and Tim means nose referring to the way the coatis tuck their noses under their bellies to sleep. The white-nosed coati’s scientific name is Nasua narica. The name Nasua is Latin for nose, possibly for the same reason.
Arboreal Lifestyle
Omnivorous Diet

How does the white-nosed coati hold its tail when walking?
In the Air
The tapering tail of extreme length is covered with black rings and held erect while walking.
On the Ground
Between the Legs
Over the Back

In what family is the white-nosed coati categorized?
Procynodiae
The white-nosed coati is a species of coati and a member of the family Procyonidae, containing raccoons and their relatives.
Ursidae
Mustelidae
Ailuridae

Male white-nosed coatis are territorial and will fight each other.
True
Male ranges do not overlap, and they will fight when they meet another male.
False

White-nosed coatis are kept as pets.
True
White-nosed coatis may also be kept as pets.
False

What is the white-nosed coati’s social system?
Solitary Males, Social Females
Adult male white-nosed coatis live solitary lives while females live socially.
Social
Solitary
Social Males, Solitary Females

How do white-nosed coatis kill their prey?
Bite to the Head
When hunting, white-nosed coatis will force vertebrates to the ground with their paws and kill by a bite to the head.
Bite to the Hind
Scratch Open the Bowels
Tail Whip to the Head

What is the white- nosed coati’s diet?
Omnivorous
White-nosed coatis are omnivores.
Herbivorous
Carnivorous
Unknown

What is the white-nosed coati’s gait?
Plantigrade
The white-nosed coati is plantigrade with shorter forelegs than hindlegs.
Digitigrade
Unguligrade

Adult male white-nosed coatis will kill juveniles.
True
During the breeding season, the most dominant male in a female white-nosed coati band’s range will be allowed to enter it ranks, first through grooming and other submissive behaviors. Once accepted into the group, the male will breed with each member of the band in a tree and is soon afterwards driven away from the group. This is because they are known to kill juveniles.
False

Why is the white-nosed coati hunted?
Food
The white-nosed coati is hunted throughout its range for skin and food, but its fur has no value.
Skin
The white-nosed coati is hunted throughout its range for skin and food, but its fur has no value.
Fur
Medicine

What continents does the white-nosed coati inhabit?
North America
The white-nosed coati is native to North and South America and ranges from southeastern Arizona to western Colombia and Ecuador.
South America
The white-nosed coati is native to North and South America and ranges from southeastern Arizona to western Colombia and Ecuador.
Asia
Australia

White-nosed coatis take part in cooperative breeding.
True
Grooming and nursing comes from both the mother of the young and other females equally.
False

What is the white-nosed coati’s rhythm?
Diurnal
Adult male white-nosed coatis are sometimes active at night, but coatis are primarily diurnal. The white-nosed coati is more active by day than by night, but in Costa Rica is mostly diurnal.
Nocturnal
Cathemeral
Crepuscular

What threatens the white-nosed coati?
Hunting
The white-nosed coati is locally threatened as a result of ongoing large-scale habitat loss and legal hunting in some areas.
Habitat Loss
The white-nosed coati is locally threatened as a result of ongoing large-scale habitat loss and legal hunting in some areas.
Invasive Species
Disease

What is a group of white-nosed coatis called?
Band
White-nosed coatis live in groups called bands or troops.
Troop
White-nosed coatis live in groups called bands or troops.
Camp
Clan

What is the white-nosed coati’s population trend?
Decreasing
The white-nosed coati’s current population trend is decreasing.
Increasing
Unknown
Stable

White-nosed coatis are sexually dimorphic.
True, males are larger.
The white-nosed coati weighs about 4-6 kilograms, or 8.8-13.2 pounds. However, males are much larger than females. Small females can weigh as little as 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds), while large males can weigh as much as 12.2 kilograms (27 pounds).
True, females are larger.
False.

When do newborn white-nosed coati’s open their eyes?
11 Days
Newborn white-nosed coatis will open their eyes at 11 days.
1 Day
31 Days
21 Days

What is the white-nosed coati’s mating system?
Polygynous
During the breeding season, the most dominant male in a female white-nosed coati band’s range will be allowed to enter it ranks. Once accepted into the group, the male will breed with each member of the band in a tree.
Polyandrous
Polygynandrous
Monogamous

Where are white-nosed coatis most common?
Costa Rica
In Costa Rica the species is considered to be fairly common.
United States
Mexico
Honduras

What is the white-nosed coati’s scientific name?
Nasua Narica
The white-nosed coati’s scientific name is Nasua narica.
Nasua nasua
Nasuella meridensis
Nasuella olivacea

When does the white-nosed coati reach adult body size?
15 Months
Adult body sized is reached by 15 months.
5 Months
5 Years
25 Months

What is the white-nosed coati considered?
Terrestrial
The white-nosed coati searches for food both on the ground and in the forest canopy, frequently climbing to obtain fruits. It is more typically seen on the ground, however, and is considered terrestrial.
Arboreal
Aquatic
Fossorial

Where do white-nosed coatis build their nests?
Trees
About 3 to 4 weeks before giving birth, the female will depart the band to build a nest, most often in a palm tree.
Caves
Underground Burrows
Forest Floor

How long is the white-nosed coati’s gestation period?
77 Days
The gestation period of the white-nosed coati is 77 days.
7 Months
17 Days
7 Weeks

What habitats does the white-nosed coati inhabit?
Forests
The white-nosed coati is highly adaptable but is basically a tropical woodland and open forest animal. It is rarely seen in open grassland or desert. White-nosed coatis will occupy many different types of habitat and can be found in forests and grasslands.
Grasslands
The white-nosed coati is highly adaptable but is basically a tropical woodland and open forest animal. It is rarely seen in open grassland or desert. White-nosed coatis will occupy many different types of habitat and can be found in forests and grasslands.
Rocky Areas
Shrubland

How far will a white-nosed coati forage in a single day?
2,000 m. / 1 mi.
White-nosed coatis will travel up to 2,000 meters in a single day in a quest for food.
200,000 m. / 124 mi.
200 m. / 0.1 mi.
20,000 m. / 12 m.

What is the white-nosed coati classified in New Mexico?
Endangered
The white-nosed coati is classified as an endangered species in New Mexico and is given total legal protection there.
Least Concern
Vulnerable
Near Threatened

What are the only physical characteristics that distinguish the white-nosed coati from other coatis?
Coat Color
The white-nosed coati’s coat color and muzzle markings are the only physical characteristics dissimilar from its relatives the South American coati (Nasua nasua) and the Western mountain coati (Nasuella olivacea).
Muzzle Markings
The white-nosed coati’s coat color and muzzle markings are the only physical characteristics dissimilar from its relatives the South American coati (Nasua nasua) and the Western mountain coati (Nasuella olivacea).
Tail Length
Tail Markings

What percentage is the white-nosed coati’s tail of its total body length?
50%
On average, the nose-to-tail body length of the white-nosed coati is about 80-130 centimeters (2.6-4.3 feet) with about half of that being the tail length.
30%
70%
10%

The white-nosed coati is susceptible to canine distemper and rabies.
True
The white-nosed coati is susceptible to canine distemper and rabies.
False

What is the lifespan of a white-nosed coati?
14 Years
Individual white-nosed coatis may live up to 14 years of age.
4 Years
34 Years
24 Years

How do white-nosed coatis mark their territories?
Urine Spraying
Adult male white-nosed coatis establish ranges that they mark by spraying urine or dragging their abdomens on a surface and spreading anal secretions. Male ranges do not overlap, and they will fight when they meet another male.
Fighting
Adult male white-nosed coatis establish ranges that they mark by spraying urine or dragging their abdomens on a surface and spreading anal secretions. Male ranges do not overlap, and they will fight when they meet another male.
Anal Secretions
Adult male white-nosed coatis establish ranges that they mark by spraying urine or dragging their abdomens on a surface and spreading anal secretions. Male ranges do not overlap, and they will fight when they meet another male.
Hissing

What do white-nosed coatis eat?
Insects
White-nosed coatis primarily eat insects and typically eat fruit and invertebrates. They will feast on invertebrates, such as beetles, spiders, scorpions, ants, termites, grubs, centipedes, and even land crabs. When plentiful, fruit is also eaten. Occasionally coatis may search for small vertebrates, such as mice, lizards, and frogs.
Fruit
White-nosed coatis primarily eat insects and typically eat fruit and invertebrates. They will feast on invertebrates, such as beetles, spiders, scorpions, ants, termites, grubs, centipedes, and even land crabs. When plentiful, fruit is also eaten. Occasionally coatis may search for small vertebrates, such as mice, lizards, and frogs.
Crabs
White-nosed coatis primarily eat insects and typically eat fruit and invertebrates. They will feast on invertebrates, such as beetles, spiders, scorpions, ants, termites, grubs, centipedes, and even land crabs. When plentiful, fruit is also eaten. Occasionally coatis may search for small vertebrates, such as mice, lizards, and frogs.
Mice
White-nosed coatis primarily eat insects and typically eat fruit and invertebrates. They will feast on invertebrates, such as beetles, spiders, scorpions, ants, termites, grubs, centipedes, and even land crabs. When plentiful, fruit is also eaten. Occasionally coatis may search for small vertebrates, such as mice, lizards, and frogs.

White-nosed coatis have naked soles.
True
The feet are black and have naked soles.
False

The white-nosed coati population in what region is losing genetic contact, potentially leading to extirpation?
United States
The white-nosed coati population in the United States is suspected to be losing genetic contact with populations further south, potentially leading to extirpation in the United States.
Honduras
Costa Rica
Mexico

The white-nosed coati is killed as bycatch.
True
In the United States, the white-nosed coati is occasionally caught in traps set for other species, killed by hunters ostensibly looking for other species, or falls victim to predator control campaigns. It apparently disappeared from the Burro Mountains in New Mexico at about the same time as a coyote (Canis latrans) poisoning campaign. In Arizona, where most of the white-nosed coatis in the United States live, they are subject to year-round hunting.
False

Where do most white-nosed coatis live in the United States?
Arizona
In Arizona, where most of the white-nosed coatis in the United States live, they are subject to year-round hunting.
Texas
New Mexico
Nevada

What do white-nosed coatis use to defend themselves.
Claws
White-nosed coatis defend themselves using their bent forefeet claws and sharp canines.
Canines
White-nosed coatis defend themselves using their bent forefeet claws and sharp canines.
Tail
Poisonous Secretions

Where do white-nosed coatis usually sleep?
Trees
Days are spent mostly on the ground foraging, while nights are spent in treetops, sheltered from most predation.
Caves
Underground Burrows
Forest Floor

What preys on white-nosed coatis?
Cats
The white-nosed coati is predated by several predators including cats, boas, and large predatory birds.
Boa Constrictors
The white-nosed coati is predated by several predators including cats, boas, and large predatory birds.
Large Birds
The white-nosed coati is predated by several predators including cats, boas, and large predatory birds.
Bears

Up to how many white-nosed coatis make up a group?
30
White-nosed coatis live in bands of 4-30 individuals including males up to two years of age and females who are not necessarily related. 12 individuals in a white-nosed coati band is more typical.
3
300
130

The white-nosed coati’s population is severely fragmented.
False
The white-nosed coati’s current population is not severely fragmented.
True

When are young white-nosed coatis introduced to the group?
5 Months
After 5 months the mother and young descend from the nest and rejoin their group.
1 Year
7 Months
3 Weeks

When are white-nosed coatis weaned?
4 Months
Newborn white-nosed coatis will be weaned after 4 months.
1 Year
1 Month
14 Months


When is the white-nosed coati breeding season?
February-March
The white-nosed coati breeding season is in February or March.
May-June
August-September
November-December


Where is white-nosed coati population density greatest?
Tropics
Population density is greater in the tropics than in south-western United States. Both regions show year-to-year fluctuations in population sizes as a result of disease or food availability.
Southwestern United States
Open Woodlands
Mexico


What language originated the white-nosed coati’s common name?
Tupian Indian
Coatis are also referred to in some texts as coatimundis. The name coati or coatimundi is Tupian Indian in origin.
Latin
Spanish
Aztec

Which sex of white-nosed coati reaches sexual maturity first?
Female
Sexual maturity is reached by three years of age in males and two years of age in females.
Male

How many offspring make up a white-nosed coati litter?
2-7
Between 2 and 7 white-nosed coati young are born, and remain in the nest for several weeks.
12-17
22-27
7-12

What types of subtropical/tropical forests do white-nosed coatis inhabit?
Dry
They inhabit subtropical/tropical dry high-altitude forests and grasslands, as well as moist lowland forests.
Moist Lowland
They inhabit subtropical/tropical dry high-altitude forests and grasslands, as well as moist lowland forests.
Moist Montane
Swamp

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