Dasypus novemcinctus


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Dasypus novemcinctus

nine-banded armadillo, a member of the family Dasypodidae characterized by a covering of bony plates or a leathery carapace. It is a plantigrade, insectivorous, burrowing animal with the remarkable characteristic of always bearing four monozygous offspring. There are a number of other genera of similar armadillos. Armadillos are valued as experimental hosts in studies of leprosy.
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It is possible, though unlikely, that an armadillo was a different species than Dasypus novemcinctus.
The current range of the armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus mexicanus in the United States.
Whitaker JO Jr, Ruckdeschel C and Bakken L: Food of the armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus L.
Zimmerman JW: Burrow characteristics of the nine-banded armadillo, Dasypus novemcinctus.
Eleven measurements were attempted from the skulls and mandibles of 60 specimens of Dasypus novemcinctus originating from Texas and southern Oklahoma (Appendix 1).
A fairly accurate means of assigning individuals from natural populations to relative age categories is a necessary prerequisite to any meaningful study of morphological variation in Dasypus novemcinctus, for which no hard data exists in the literature on postpartum growth and development of the species.
Despite the fact that Dasypus novemcinctus is both common and conspicuous throughout much of its range, detailed studies of geographic variation in this species are lacking.