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Tolypeutes
Brazilian-three-banded-armadillo-walking
Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes tricinctus)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cingulata
Family Dasypodidae
Tolypeutinae‎
Genus Tolypeutes

Tolypeutes is a genus of armadillos contains the two species of three-banded armadillos. They are restricted to open and semi-open habitats in South America.

Of the several armadillo genera, only Tolypeutes rely heavily on their armor for protection. When threatened by a predator, Tolypeutes species frequently roll up into a ball. Other armadillo species cannot roll up because they have too many plates.

Species[]

There are two recognized species:

Southern Three-banded Armadillo (Desmarest, 1804) (Tolypeutes matacus)
Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo (Linnaeus, 1758) (Tolypeutes tricinctus)
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