chlamyphorus truncatus


The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) or pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo (mammals of the family Dasypodidae, recognized by a bony armor shell), first described by R. Harlan in 1825. This desert-adapted animal is endemic to central Argentina and can be found inhabiting sandy plains, dunes, and scrubby grasslands.

Pink fairy armadillos have small eyes, silky yellowish white fur, and a flexible dorsal shell that is solely attached to its body by a thin dorsal membrane. In addition, its spatula-shaped tail protrudes from a vertical plate at the blunt rear of its shell. This creature exhibits nocturnal and solitary habits and has a diet that is mainly composed of insects, worms, snails, and various plant parts.

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Existe un armadillo de color rosa, llamado comúnmente pichiciego o armadillo hada rosa (Truncatus chlamyphorus) . Este animal peculiar tiene su hábitat en las llanuras arenosas de Argentina, donde excavan las cuevas donde viven.
Tienen una media de longitud que va desde los 6 hasta aproximadamente los 10 centímetros, desde el hocico a la cola.


Pink Fairy Armadillo (Cingulata: Armadillos: Chlamyphorus truncatus)

The Pink Fairy Armadillo is one of the last surviving members of the order Cingulata, or “armoured new world placental mammals”. In rebellion of its heavy-armoured blocky ancestors, this fairy is protected only by a pink shield of boney plates that are covered in finger-nail like keratin… also known as scutes. A lighter, more agile body aids in hand-propelled sand-swimming and burrowing. You may find them hiding among cacti in the open deserts and grasslands of central Argentina.