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The Long-tailed Pangolin
), also called the Black-bellied Pangolin
, is an arboreal pangolin
A pangolin , also scaly anteater or Trenggiling, is a mammal of the order Pholidota. There is only one extant family and one genus of pangolins, comprising eight species. There are also a number of extinct taxa. Pangolins have large keratin scales covering their skin and are the only mammals with...
native to the sub-Saharan forests of Africa. Its common name is derived from its especially long tail (average 60 cm, or 24 inches). In spite of the long tail, this species
In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank. A species is often defined as a group of organisms capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. While in many cases this definition is adequate, more precise or differing measures are...
is the smallest pangolin.
This pangolin is a nocturnal insectivore
An insectivore is a type of carnivore with a diet that consists chiefly of insects and similar small creatures. An alternate term is entomophage, which also refers to the human practice of eating insects....
As with other pangolins, the Long-tailed Pangolin is covered with overlapping scales, in this case of a dark brown coloration. The tip of the tail is bare and is used to grip branches. The abdomen is covered in dark fur instead of scales.