Dasypus hybridus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Cingulata Dasypodidae

Scientific Name: Dasypus hybridus (Desmarest, 1804)
Common Name(s):
English Southern Long-Nosed Armadillo
Spanish Mulita, Mulita Pampeana

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-10-02
Assessor(s): Abba, A.M. & Gonzalez, E.
Reviewer(s): Loughry, J. & Superina, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Abba, A.M.
Dasypus hybridus is listed as Near Threatened as it is believed to have undergone a decline of approximately 20 to 25% over the past three generations (suspected to be around 12 years) due to severe habitat loss and hunting throughout its range. The species was previously more widespread and locally more common (over 30 years ago). It almost qualifies as threatened under criterion A2cd.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Dasypus hybridus is found in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and southern Brazil. It occurs as far south as the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina (Abba and Vizcaíno 2011, Abba et al. 2012). The distribution is more restricted than depicted by Redford and Eisenberg (1992) and Wetzel (1985). Localities in the west near the Andes are based on incorrectly identified individuals. In the province of Córdoba, Argentina, it is restricted to the east. The exact northern limit of its range is uncertain due to its morphological similarity to Dasypus septemcinctus, while the western limit is unclear due to its similarity with D. yepesi. It occurs from sea level to 2,000 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Argentina (Buenos Aires, Chaco, Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, La Pampa, Misiones, Santa Fé, Santiago del Estero); Brazil (Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina); Paraguay; Uruguay
Additional data:
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:Dasypus hybridus was previously common (although there are no population density estimates available), but it is sensitive to habitat loss through urbanization, and agricultural expansion has meant that populations are declining or are absent over much of its former range (Abba et al. 2007). It remains a common species in parts of its range (e.g. the province of Buenos Aires, Abba and Vizcaíno 2011).
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Extreme fluctuations:NoPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This armadillo species is typically found in the grasslands and pampas of northern and central Argentina (Abba et al. 2007; Abba and Cassini 2008; Abba and Vizcaíno 2011; Abba et al. 2011, 2012). It is also present, but less common, in woodland and forest habitats.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Generation Length (years):4

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This armadillo is used as a protein source and to make handicrafts.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Dasypus hybridus is threatened by habitat loss through agriculture and urbanization, accidental mortality on roads, direct hunting for food and predation by dogs (Abba et al. 2007, Abba 2008).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Dasypus hybridus has been recorded in a few protected areas. It is considered a conservation priority species in Uruguay (González et al. 2013).

Citation: Abba, A.M. & Gonzalez, E. 2014. Dasypus hybridus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T6288A47440329. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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