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1. (Science: zoology) Any edentate animal if the family Dasypidae, peculiar to America. Do called from being armed with a bony shell.

The body and head are incased in an armor composed of small bony plates. The armadillos burrow in the earth, seldom going abroad except at night. When attacked, they curl up into a ball, presenting the armor on all sides. Their flesh is good food. There are several species, one of which (the peba) is found as far north as Texas. See peba, poyou, tatouay.

2. (Science: marine biology) a genus of small isopod crustacea that can roll themselves into a ball.

Origin: sp. Armadillo, dim. Of armado armed, p. P. Of armar to arm.

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Re: What is this animal? - Photographed near Hana in Maui

... not look like is has shoulders. It is low to the ground and the head, body and tail are parallel to the ground when walking. It looks more like an Armadillo without the armor.

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by fredb3
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:28 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: What is this animal? - Photographed near Hana in Maui
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Which mammal has the most number of teeth?

Is it the armadillo, opposum or dolphin,someone please give me the correct answer of this question?

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by prateeiik
Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Which mammal has the most number of teeth?
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... undergo REM sleep, but their subjective experience is difficult to determine. The animal with the longest average periods of REM sleep is the armadillo. It would appear that mammals and birds are the only, or at least most frequent, dreamers in nature, which is perhaps related to their sleep ...

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by Dr.Stein
Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: dreamyyyyyyyyy
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Divergent and Convergent Evolution - Trophic Specialization

... closely they would probably be considered in the same family/phylum(they look alike). Some other examples would be birds/bats, aardvark/anteater/armadillo.

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by mith
Sun May 08, 2005 5:32 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Divergent and Convergent Evolution - Trophic Specialization
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