Collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla)

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Collared anteater walking along tree branch
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • As its name suggests, the collared anteater usually eats ants and termites, but it will also attack bees nests to get the honey.
  • The collared anteater has no teeth, but has an impressive 40cm long, cylindrical tongue.
  • A semi-arboreal species, the collared anteater has a prehensile tail which it uses as a 5th limb when climbing.
  • With poor eyesight and hearing, the collared anteater locates food using its good sense of smell.
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Collared anteater description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderPilosa
FamilyMyrmecophagidae
GenusTamandua (1)

Information on the collared anteater is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Lesser anteater, northern tamandua, southern tamandua, tamandua.
French
Fourmilier À Collier, Tamandou À Quatre Doigts, Tamandou Tétradactyle.
Spanish
Brazo Fuerte, Hormiguero De Collar, Tamandúa De Collar.
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Collared anteater status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (May, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Collared anteater walking along tree branch  
Collared anteater walking along tree branch

© 2007 Jeff Lipsman

Jeff Lipsman
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