Seven-banded Armadillo

Seven-banded Armadillo
Seven-banded armadillo
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Dasypodidae
Subfamily: Dasypodinae
Genus: Dasypus
Species: D. septemcinctus
Binomial name
Dasypus septemcinctus
Linnaeus, 1758
Seven-banded armadillo range

Seven-banded, long-nosed armadillo or just seven-banded armadillo, Dasypus septemcinctus, is a species of armadillo from South America. It is found in Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. It is a solitary nocturnal, terrestrial animal, living mostly in dry habitats, outside of rainforest regions.


Long-nosed armadillos have a broad, depressed body, an obtusely-pointed rostrum, long, pointed ears and short legs. The carapace consists of two immobile plates, separated by six or seven movable bands, which are connected to each other by a fold of hairless skin. The carapace is mostly blackish, hairless and with the scales of the anterior edge of the movable bands not notably different in colour from the rest of the dorsum. Lateral scutes have dark blackish-pink centres only slightly discernible from the rest of the carapace, but never as obviously pale as in nine-banded armadillo. Scutes on the movable bands are triangular in shape, but those on the main plates are rounded. The number of scutes present on the fourth movable band varies from 44 to 52, with a mean of 48.4.[2]


Females give birth to seven to 9 genetically identical offspring.[3]


  1. ^ IUCN SSC Edentate Specialist Group (2008). Dasypus septemcinctus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 30 December 2008.
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  3. ^ Esquivel. (2001). - Mamíferos de la Reserva Natural del Bosque Mbaracayú, Paraguay - Fundación Moises Bertoni, Asunción).