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Chaetophractus villosus (Wroclaw zoo).JPG
Big hairy armadillo (C. villosus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Chlamyphoridae
Subfamily: Euphractinae
Genus: Chaetophractus
Fitzinger, 1871
Type species
Dasypus villosus

Chaetophractus is a small genus of armadillos in the family Chlamyphoridae. It contains the following three species:

Members of the genus are endemic to the continent of South America. They are found in the central and southern countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Paraguay.


  1. ^ Gardner, A.L. (2005). "Order Cingulata". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.