Greater long-nosed armadillo

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Greater long-nosed armadillo[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Subfamily: Dasypodinae
Genus: Dasypus
Species: D. kappleri
Binomial name
Dasypus kappleri
Krauss, 1862
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Greater long-nosed armadillo range

The greater long-nosed armadillo, Dasypus kappleri, is a South American species of armadillo found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. It is a solitary, nocturnal, terrestrial animal, usually living in the vicinity of streams and swamps. It feeds on arthropods and other invertebrates.

The greater long-nose armadillo is one of the larger species of armadillo, measuring 83–106 cm (33–42 in) in total length and generally weighing 8.5–10.5 kg (19–23 lb), though it can reach as much as 15 kg (33 lb).[3]

The greater long-nosed armadillo has spurs on its hind legs that allow it to crawl on its knees into narrow tunnels. When threatened, it can release a disagreeable musky odor.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Dasypus kappleri kappleri Krauss, 1862
  • Dasypus kappleri pastasae Thomas, 1901

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardner, A. L. (2005). "Order Cingulata". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 94. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Abba, A.M. & Superina, M. (2010). "Dasypus kappleri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  3. ^ "3.8 Armadillos". Fao.org. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 
  • Louise H. Emmons and Francois Feer, 1997 - Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide.