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Six-banded Armadillo


The Six-banded Armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus), also known as the Yellow Armadillo, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and isolated populations in Suriname (there known as Siksi-banti kapasi). Its body is usually yellowish in color, sometimes tan or light reddish-brown.

It is a solitary terrestrial animal, living in many habitats from rainforest to grassland, but mainly found on open areas, such as cerrado plains. It is omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of plant and animal matter. It shelters in a den underground. Unlike most species of armadillo, the six-banded armadillo is mostly diurnal rather than nocturnal.Bird, B. 1999. Euphractus sexcinctus (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed 22 September 2007.

Subspecies

Euphractus sexcinctus boliviae Thomas, 1907

Euphractus sexcinctus flavimanus Desmarest, 1804

Euphractus sexcinctus setosus Wied, 1826

Euphractus sexcinctus tucumanus Thomas, 1911

References

Louise H. Emmons and Francois Feer. (1997). Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide, 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press ISBN 0-226-20721-8

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