Yepes's mulita

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Yepes's mulita[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Genus: Dasypus
Species: D. yepesi
Binomial name
Dasypus yepesi
Vizcaíno, 1995
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Yepes's mulita range

Yepes's mulita or Yunga's Lesser Long-Nosed Armadillo (Dasypus yepesi) is a species of armadillo in the family Dasypodidae. It is endemic to Argentina and Bolivia. Its natural habitat is subtropical dry forests.[2] The species is named after Argentinean zoologist Jose Yepes and includes specimens previously assigned as Dasypus mazzai, D. hybridus, D. septemcinctus, and D. novemcinctus.[3]

Geographic Range[edit]

Yepes's mulita is found in the Jujuy and Salta provinces of Argentina, however its range my extend to parts of Bolivia and Paraguay. Due to the lack of data on the species, no more than nine populations are known. It is mostly found in altitudes of 450-1800m (1476 ft - 5905 ft). Its habitat ranges from deserts to humid forests.[4]

Use and trade[edit]

The species is known to be hunted locally for food.[4]

Conservation[edit]

Because so little is known about Yepes's mulita, it is listed as "Data Deficient" by the IUCN. There is ongoing deforestation in its range and its habitat is considered fragmented, which adds to the conservation concerns.[5] The species has been designated for protection in Parque Nacional Calilegua and Parque Nacional El Rey in northern Argentina.[4]

References[edit]

  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. 95. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Abba, A.M. & Vizcaíno, S. (2014). "Dasypus yepesi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  3. ^ Beolens, B.; Watkins, M.; Grayson, M. (2009-09-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 455. ISBN 978-0801893049. OCLC 270129903. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dasypus yepesi (Yepes's Mulita, Yunga's Lesser Long-Nosed Armadillo)". www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ Vizcaino, S.F. and Abba, A.M. (2010). "Edentata" (PDF). Edentata. 11: 168.