Dasypus septemcinctus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Dasypus septemcinctus
Species Authority: Linnaeus, 1758
Common Name/s:
English Brazilian Lesser Long-nosed Armadillo, Seven-banded Armadillo
Spanish Mulita Chica

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-12-10
Assessor/s: Superina, M. & Abba, A.M.
Reviewer/s: Anacleto, T.C.S. & Medri, I.
Contributor/s: Anacleto, T.C.S.
Dasypus septemcinctus is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, its occurrence in some protected areas, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
2006 Least Concern (IUCN 2006)
2006 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: D. septemcinctus ranges from the lower Amazon Basin of Brazil, to the Gran Chaco of Bolivia, Paraguay, and northern Argentina. Its southern limit is uncertain due to morphological similarities to D. hybridus, D. yepesi and juvenile D. novemcinctus (see Hamlett 1939) .
Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Paraguay
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of D. septemcinctus is not known.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: D. septemcinctus appears to be a grassland species. However, in south-eastern Brazil it prefers to live in gallery forests. It appears adaptable to human disturbance and secondary habitat (Aguiar and Fonseca 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats. Locally, D. septemcinctus is threatened by habitat degradation and hunting for food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: D. septemcinctus is present in some protected areas.
Citation: Superina, M. & Abba, A.M. 2010. Dasypus septemcinctus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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