The name coati (pronounced [ko'??ti]) is applied to any of three species of small neotropical mammals in the genus Nasua, family Procyonidae, ranging from southern Arizona to north of Argentina. They are largely insectivorous, but also eat fruit. A fourth animal, the dwarf Mountain Coati, is not a true coati, and belongs to the genus Nasuella.
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.