Cabassous chacoensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cabassous chacoensis
Species Authority: Wetzel, 1980
Common Name/s:
English Chacoan Naked-tailed Armadillo
Spanish Cabasú Chaqueño, Cabasú Chico
Taxonomic Notes: Cabassous chacoensis has been described by Wetzel in 1982.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-12-04
Assessor/s: Superina, M. & Abba, A.M.
Reviewer/s: Aguero, J., Meritt, D.A. & Rogel, T.
Contributor/s: Meritt, D.A. & Rogel, T.
Cabassous chacoensis is listed as Near Threatened given an inferred population decline as a result of habitat loss and hunting, which may have approached 20-25% over the past 10 years. It almost qualifies as Threatened under criterion A2cd.
2006 Near Threatened (IUCN 2006)
2006 Near Threatened
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: C. chacoensis has been recorded from the Gran Chaco of western Paraguay and center Argentina (Gardner 2005). It has not been recorded in Bolivia.
Argentina; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance of C. chacoensis is not known. In general it is rarely sighted.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This largely fossorial species is restricted to chaco-seco (thorn forest) habitats (Meritt 1985). It is not present in cultivated areas. There is little available information on its life history and other biological characteristics.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by habitat degradation from agricultural activity, subsistence hunting for food by local people, as well as predation by dogs.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:  This armadillo species has been recorded in several Argentinean national and provincial parks.
Citation: Superina, M. & Abba, A.M. 2010. Cabassous chacoensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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