What’s up with the agouti [pictured here, in a San Diego Zoo photo]? Three proven males show what, according to this new study:
“Anatomical Stages of Penile Erection in the Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina) Induced by Electro-Ejaculation,” W.M. Mollineau, T. Sampson, A.O. Adogwa and G.W. Garcia, Anatomia Histologia Embyologia, vol. 41, 2012, pp. 392-4. The authors, at the The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, report:
“The reproductive system of the male agouti (Dasyprocta leporina), a Neo-Tropical edible rodent, is documented in only a few publications…. The objective of this study was to describe the various anatomical features of the agouti penis occurring during penile erection induced by electro-ejaculation…. Three proven male agoutis were stimulated by electroejaculation during this study…
The photo above is from an earlier publication by three of the same authors: “A preliminary technique for electro-ejaculation of agouti (Dasyprocta leporina)“, W.M. Mollineau, A.O. Adogwa, G.W. Garcia, Animal Reproduction Science, vol. 108, nos. 1–2, October 2008, pp. 92–7.
(Thanks to investigator Jan Prochel for bringing this to our attention.)
BONUS: An enchanted learning look at the agouti
BONUS PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION QUESTION: What is a “proven male agouti”?