Six-banded armadillo

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Six-banded armadillo
Euphractus sexcinctus2.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Subfamily: Euphractinae
Genus: Euphractus
Wagler, 1830
Species: E. sexcinctus
Binomial name
Euphractus sexcinctus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Six-banded armadillo range in green

The six-banded armadillo, Euphractus sexcinctus, also known as the yellow armadillo, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and isolated populations in Suriname (there known as siksi-banti kapasi). Its body is usually yellowish in color, sometimes tan or light reddish-brown. It belongs to the monotypic genus Euphractus.

Drawing of the six-banded armadillo

It is a solitary terrestrial animal, living in many habitats from rainforest to grassland, but mainly found on open areas, such as cerrado plains. It is omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of plant and animal matter. It shelters in a den underground. Unlike most species of armadillo, the six-banded armadillo is mostly diurnal rather than nocturnal.[2]

Subspecies[edit]

  • Euphractus sexcinctus boliviae Thomas, 1907
  • Euphractus sexcinctus flavimanus Desmarest, 1804
  • Euphractus sexcinctus setosus Wied, 1826
  • Euphractus sexcinctus tucumanus Thomas, 1911

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cuellar, E. & Members of the IUCN SSC Edentate Specialist Group (2008). Euphractus sexcinctus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  2. ^ Bird, B. 1999. Euphractus sexcinctus (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Retrieved 22 September 2007.