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Six-banded Armadillo
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Information
Common Name Yellow Armadillo
Range Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and isolated populations in Suriname (there known as siksi-banti kapasi).
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cingulata
Family Dasypodidae
Euphractinae
Genus Euphractus
Species Euphractus sexcinctus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Six-banded armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus), also known as the yellow armadillo, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Argentina, 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 belongs to the monotypic genus Euphractus.

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.

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Euphractus sexcinctus boliviae (Thomas, 1907) Euphractus sexcinctus flavimanus (Desmarest, 1804) Euphractus sexcinctus setosus (Wied, 1826) Euphractus sexcinctus tucumanus (Thomas, 1911)

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