Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd ed., vol. 2
Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Comments: The Cuniculidae (Agoutidae) has been included in Dasyproctidae by several authors, but see comments under Cuniculidae. McKenna and Bell (1997) included the dasyproctids as a subfamily (Dasyproctinae) within the Agoutidae. Molecular data (Rowe and Honeycutt, 2002) strongly support designation of two separate families: the Dasyproctidae and the Cunniculidae (Agoutidae). Placed in the superfamily Cavioidea by Woods (1982) and McKenna and Bell (1997)
Authorship for family Dasyproctidae or subfamily Dasyproctinae sometimes given as Bonaparte 1838 (e.g., Wilson & Reeder, eds., 1992 & 2005), and sometimes as Gray 1825 (e.g., McKenna & Bell, 1997). Until the case is clarified, ITIS is noting the difference and following Wilson & Reeder, eds., 2005
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