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Cyclopedidae - Silky Anteaters



 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Mammalia
 Order: Pilosa
 Family: Cyclopedidae

Silky AnteaterThere is one species in this family. The silky anteater is found in the forests of southern Mexico south to Bolivia. The silky anteater is nocturnal and rarely leaves the protection of the trees.

The silky anteater is also known as the pygmy or dwarf anteater. It is about 14-17 inches in length. It has thick, silky yellowish-brown fur; a short snout; and a long, partially prehensile tail.

Female silky anteaters give birth to a single baby. She makes a nest of leaves in a hole in a tree. Both the male and the female care for the young. The male will carry the baby anteater on his back.


World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Breeds in NH Breeds in NH (birds)
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

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 North/Central American Species

None   Silky Anteater - Cyclopes didactylus Least Concern North America South America image More Info

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Additional Information

Key: profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Silky Anteater- Cyclopes didactylus profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
Both silky anteater parents feed their young regurgitated insects.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School

Silky Anteater- Cyclopes didactylus Photos Video Least Concern North America South America
The silky anteater has long, curved claws on its front paws that help it move around in trees.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School