(Koepfli et al. 2007; Helgen et al. 2009; Koepfli et al. 2017)
Family: Procyonidae (Gray, 1825) — coatis, olingos, raccoons, kinkajou, ringtails
Genus: Nasua (Storr, 1780) — coatis
Species: Nasua narica (Linnaeus, 1766) — white-nosed coati
Subspecies: Nasua narica narica (Linnaeus, 1766) — southern Mexico, Central America, and north and west Colombia
Subspecies: Nasua narica molaris (Merriam, 1902) — Mexico and southwest U.S.
Subspecies: Nasua narica nelsoni (Merriam, 1901) (a.k.a. “dwarf coati”) — Mexico (Cozumel Island)
Subspecies: Nasua narica yucatanica (J. A. Allen, 1904) — Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula)
Sources: Kays (2009a), Koepfli et al. (2017), ITIS (2019)
Illustration of coatis from Animate Creation (1885).
The two coatis in the background exhibit agonistic behavior; the coati in foreground sniffs along a branch.
Image credit: Wood JG. 1885. Animate Creation: a Popular Edition of "Our Living World," a Natural History. Vol. 1. New York (NY): Selmar Hess; p. 332. Made available by Biodiversity Heritage Library. Public domain.