Dasypus novemcinctus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dasypus novemcinctus
Species Authority: Linnaeus, 1758
Common Name/s:
English Nine-banded Armadillo, Common Long-nosed Armadillo
Spanish Cachicamo, Tatú
Taxonomic Notes: Six subspecies are recognized by Wilson and Reeder (2005). Gardner (2007) mentions four subspecies in South America.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-12-10
Assessor/s: Abba, A.M. & Superina, M.
Reviewer/s: McDonough, C. & Loughry, J.
Contributor/s: McDonough, C. & Loughry, J.
Dasypus novemcinctus is listed as Least Concern in view of its very wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of habitat alteration, and because there is no evidence of a major population decline.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This armadillo ranges from the southern United States of America through Mexico and Central America, to South America as far south as northern Argentina (McBee and Baker 1982, Gardner 2005). It is also present in the Lesser Antilles, on Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago.
Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Grenada; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; United States; Uruguay; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is very adaptable and is present in a variety of habitats (McBee and Baker 1982). It has a high rate of reproduction, and commonly produces quadruplets.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species; it is hunted throughout its range, but given its high rate of reproduction it seems able to withstand a reasonably high degree of offtake. In North America, it is subject to poisoning as it is often considered a nuisance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in many protected areas.
Citation: Abba, A.M. & Superina, M. 2010. Dasypus novemcinctus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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