bradypus tridactylus

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Pale-throated Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus)

…a species of three-toed sloth (Bradypodidae) that occurs in the tropical forests of South America, occurring in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, western Venezuela, Colombia and parts of Brazil. Like other sloths B. tridactylus are solitary herbivores that spend most of their lives in trees feeding on the leaves of Cecropida, Ceiba, Elizabetha, and Hevea spp. Like other sloths pale-throated sloths are known for the mutualistic relationships they share with green algae and the commensal relationship they share with “sloth moths” which live in the sloth’s fur and lay their eggs in their dung.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Xenarthra-Pilosa-Folivora-Bradypodidae-Bradypus-B. tridactylus

Images: Fernando Flores and G.dallorto