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Third Tuesday 2018-04: Pink Fairy Armadillo

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Hidden : Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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1 out of 5
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Pink Fairy Armadillo

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cingulata
Family: Chlamyphoridae
Genus: Chlamyphorus
Species: C. truncatus

The pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus) or pichiciego is the smallest species of armadillo (mammals of the families Chlamyphoridae and 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.

The conservation status for pink fairy armadillo is still uncertain, and it is listed as Data Deficient by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The decline in population for this species has generally been attributed to farming activities and predators including domestic dogs and cats. Pink fairy armadillos are found less commonly than they were a few decades ago, and the field sightings have been rare and incidental. Individuals that have been caught in the wild had a tendency to die during or a couple days after they were transported from their natural habitat to captive facilities. There is a sole record for the longevity of a pink fairy armadillo that was held in captivity more than 4 years; however, that particular case lacks proper scientific description and thus cannot be considered fully valid. Armadillos' evolutionary distinctiveness, combined with their restricted geographic range, ongoing threats, and rarity makes the urgent conservation attention extremely important for these species.

The pink fairy armadillo is 90–115 mm (3.5–4.5 in) long, and typically weighs about 120 g (4.2 oz). This species is the smallest living armadillo and is among the least known.



The Place:
Crystal Thai


The Date:
Tuesday, April 17, 2018


The Time:
6:00pm to 9:00pm


Come out for an evening of tasty foods and stories. Everyone is welcome!

Please note: If you do not think you will arrive until after 8:00pm please post this with your attend log. Sometimes the group breaks up early, if we know you are coming late we will be sure to wait for you. Thanks!

A note about trackables: Feel free to bring them, just please don't leave them unattended on the tables, they can be accidentally lost when the tables are cleaned.

Please help by posting your "Will Attend" as early as possible as it will allow me to give the restaurant an idea of how many to expect. Thanks!




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Last Updated: on 4/20/2018 9:17:43 AM Pacific Daylight Time (4:17 PM GMT)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

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