Tree pangolin - ROM2004_938_1


Tree pangolin

Geography: Africa, West Africa, Liberia
Date: Acquired on August 13, 1895
length=35; width=19; height=37 inches
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderPholidota
    • FamilyManidae
    • GenusManis
    • SpecificEpithettricuspis
Object number: 9508130012
On view
DescriptionThe pangolin sports a coat of scales that develop from the same embryonic tissue as hair. The scales serve to protect the pangolin from predators, particularly when the animal rolls up into a ball to protect its soft underbelly. As well, the scales provide the flexibility required for movement. These animals feed on ants and other social insects; their long tongue allows access into small areas.
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