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The name coati is applied to any of four species of small neotropical mammals, family Procyonidae, ranging from southern Arizona south to Ecuador. They are largely insectivorous, but also eat fruit.

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Distinctive features of all species of coati include a long, ringed tail, which is often held erect.

Unlike most members of the raccoon family, coatis are primarily diurnal.


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