Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus 1758 (giant anteater)

Mammalia - Xenarthra - Myrmecophagidae

Alternative combinations: Myrmecophaga trydactyla, Tamandua tridactyla

Synonyms: Falcifer jubata Linnaeus 1766, Myrmecophaga centralis Lyon 1906, Myrmecophaga iubata Linnaeus 1766, Myrmecophaga jubata Linnaeus 1766

Full reference: C. Linnaeus. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, Secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum Characteribus, Differentiis, Synonymis, Locis. Editio Decima 1:1-824

Belongs to Myrmecophaga according to P. Smith 2007

See also Giebel 1883, Linnaeus 1758 and Thomas 1911

Sister taxon: Nunezia caroloameghinoi

Ecology: ground dwelling insectivore

Average measurements (in mm): femur diameter 20.1, humerus diameter 19.2, radius diameter 20.0, tibia diameter 18.7

Estimated body mass: 39.5 kg based on femur diameter, humerus diameter, and tibia diameter

Distribution:

• Quaternary of Brazil (2 collections), Peru (1), Venezuela (1)

• Blancan of Mexico (1)

Total: 5 collections each including a single occurrence

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