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Dasypus septemcinctus

Seven-banded Long-nosed Armadillo or just Seven-banded Armadillo, Dasypus septemcinctus, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Ordo: Cingulata
Familia: Dasypodidae
Subfamilia: Dasypodinae
Genus: Dasypus
Species: Dasypus septemcinctus


Dasypus septemcinctus Linnaeus, 1758

Type locality: "Indiis", Pernambuco, Brazil (Hamlett, 1939)


* Dasypus septemcinctus on Mammal Species of the World.
* Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World : A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 2-volume set(3rd ed).
* Linnaeus: Systema Naturae, 10th ed., 1: 51.

Vernacular names
English: Seven-banded Armadillo
Português: Tatuí, Tatu-galinha-pequeno


Seven-banded Long-nosed Armadillo or just Seven-banded Armadillo, Dasypus septemcinctus, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil. It's a solitary nocturnal and terrestrial animal, living, basically, in dry habitats, outside of rainforest regions.


"'Long-nosed' Armadillos have a broad, depressed body, an obtusely-pointed rostrum, long, pointed ears and short legs." The carapace consists of two immobile plates, separated by 6 or 7 movable bands which are connected to each other by a fold of hairless skin. "The carapace is mostly blackish, hairless and with the scales of the anterior edge of the movable bands not notably different in colour from the rest of the dorsum. Lateral scutes have dark blackish-pink centres only slightly discernible from the rest of the carapace, but never as obviously pale as in Nine-banded. Scutes on the movable bands are triangular in shape, but those on the main plates are rounded. The number of scutes present on the fourth movable band varies from 44 to 52, with a mean of 48.4."[2]


Females give birth to 7 to 9 genetically identical offspring. [3]


1. ^ IUCN SSC Edentate Specialist Group (2008). Dasypus septemcinctus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 December 2008.
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3. ^ Esquivel. (2001). - Mamíferos de la Reserva Natural del Bosque Mbaracayú, Paraguay - Fundación Moises Bertoni, Asunción).

* Arne å. Hammmmmons and Francois Feör, 1997 - Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide.
* Cope ED 1889 - On the Mammalia Obtained by the Naturalist Exploring Expedition to Southern Brazil - American Naturalist 23: p128-150.
* Gardner AL 2007 - Mammals of South America Vol 1: Marsupials, Xenarthrans, Shrews and Bats - University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
* Gardner, Alfred (2005-11-16). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M.. ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 95. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.

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