Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This South American species is found east of the Andes from northern Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, through to Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname in the north, to the state of Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazil) in the south (Gardner 2005). Its presence in northeastern Brazil is doubtful and needs to be confirmed (Anacleto and Diniz 2006).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
C. unicinctus inhabits tropical lowland and submontane forest. Although it is not found in agricultural areas, it possibly occurs in secondary forest.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Little is known about the longevity and reproduction of these animals, but one specimen lived 7.5 years in captivity (Richard Weigl 2005). Their maximum longevity could be underestimated, though.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Superina, M. & Abba, A.M.

Reviewer/s
Anacleto, T.C.S. & Medri, I.

Contributor/s
Medri, I. & Moraes Tomas, W.

Justification
Cabassous unicinctus is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, its occurrence in a number of protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

History
  • 2006
    Least Concern
    (IUCN 2006)
  • 2006
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It is a relatively common species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to this species. Populations in the south of the range are subject to a degree of hunting and habitat loss (e.g., Machado et al. 1998, Aguiar and Fonseca 2008).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is present in some protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Southern naked-tailed armadillo

The southern naked-tailed armadillo, Cabassous unicinctus, is a small species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

It is a solitary nocturnal and terrestrial animal, living in many habitats from rainforest to grassland. As are many armadillos, it is an insectivore, feeding on ants and termites. It digs burrows with an entrance of about 16 cm diameter; these are used for only one night then abandoned.

Subspecies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cuellar, E. & Members of the IUCN SSC Edentate Specialist Group (2008). Cabassous unicinctus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
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