Taxon profile


Silky Anteater
Cyclopes didactylus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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

Scientific synonyms

Myrmecophaga didactyla Linnaeus, 1758 o

Other names

= Common Silky Anteater

Type taxon of:Cyclopes Gray, 1821 (Myrmecophaga didactyla Linnaeus, 1758)
Least Concern LC


Taxon in country check-lists*

North America: Trinidad and Tobago, South America: Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Venezuela

* List of countries might not be complete


Included taxa

Number of records: 2

subspecies Cyclopes didactylus didactylus (Linnaeus, 1758)
subspecies Cyclopes didactylus melini Lönnberg, 1928 - Melin's Silky Anteater

Links and literature

EN IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018-1 [6019]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [] [as Cyclopes didactylus (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 Cyclopes didactylus 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 Cyclopes didactylus (Linnaeus, 1758)]

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