Taxon profile


Giant Anteater
Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Xenarthra »  family Myrmecophagidae - anteaters »  genus Myrmecophaga

Scientific synonyms

Myrmecophaga jubata

Other names

= Ant Bear
= Great Anteater

Vulnerable VU


juvenile animal

Myrmecophaga tridactyla - Giant Anteater


Author: Milan Kořínek

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Intertaxon relationships

predator: Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771) - Puma, Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758) - Jaguar

parasite: Amblyomma goeldii Neumann, 1899, Amblyomma nodosum Neumann, 1899

prey: Solenopsis interrupta Santschi, 1916, Armitermes Wasmann, 1897, Solenopsis pusillignis Trager, 1991, Diversitermes Holmgren, 1912, Iridomyrmex Mayr, 1862 - black meat ants, ...

Included taxa

Number of records: 3

subspecies Myrmecophaga tridactyla artata Osgood, 1912 - Western Giant Anteater
subspecies Myrmecophaga tridactyla centralis Lyon, 1906 - Central American Great Anteater
subspecies Myrmecophaga tridactyla tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758 - Southern Giant Anteater

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [14224]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 3 August 2018
EN Wilson D. E., Reeder D. M. (editors) (2005): Mammal Species of the World (MSW). A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed) [] [as Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 5 December 2008
CZ Anděra M. (1999): České názvy živočichů II. Savci (Mammalia), Národní muzeum, (zoologické odd.), Praha, 147 pp. [as Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758]

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