Brazilian three-banded armadillo

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Brazilian three-banded armadillo
A Brazilian three-banded armadillo at Edmonton Zoo
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Chlamyphoridae
Subfamily: Tolypeutinae
Genus: Tolypeutes
T. tricinctus
Binomial name
Tolypeutes tricinctus
Tolypeutes tricinctus distribution.svg
Geographic range
  • Dasypus tricinctus Linnaeus, 1758
  • Dasypus quadricinctus Linnaeus, 1758

The Brazilian three-banded armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus) is a species of armadillo endemic to Brazil. It is one of two species which can roll into a ball. The other is the Southern three-banded armadillo. It is the most rare species of armadillo: most live in the region called Caatinga, in north-east Brazil. Until the 1990s, the species was thought to be extinct, now it is classified as vulnerable.

References[change | change source]

  1. Miranda, F., Moraes-Barros, N., Superina, M. & Abba, A.M. (2014) Tolypeutes tricinctus. In: IUCN 2014. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1.