2013
DOI: 10.1111/mam.12010
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What do we know about armadillos? An analysis of four centuries of knowledge about a group of South American mammals, with emphasis on their conservation

Abstract: Basic knowledge on the biology and ecology of a species is fundamental for the realistic assessment of its conservation status and for planning effective conservation strategies. The latest assessment of the 21 extant armadillo species (Xenarthra, Dasypodidae) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its Red List of Threatened Species shows that considerable gaps exist in our knowledge of these Neotropical mammals. Our goal was to analyse the existing literature on armadillos to define … Show more

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“…This occurs even regarding species classified globally as "vulnerable" (P. maximus and T. tricinctus) in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Abba and Superina 2010). Thus, the field research on armadillos should be intensified to increase knowledge and conservation (Superina et al 2014).…”
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“…This occurs even regarding species classified globally as "vulnerable" (P. maximus and T. tricinctus) in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Abba and Superina 2010). Thus, the field research on armadillos should be intensified to increase knowledge and conservation (Superina et al 2014).…”
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confidence: 99%
“…in the study of xenarthrans (for recent examples, see Meritt, 2006;Vizcaíno & Loughry, 2008;Diniz & Brito, 2012;Loughry & McDonough, 2013;Superina et al, 2014). There is certainly merit in all of these previous suggestions, and we hope the ideas provided here statement about what needs to be done.…”
Section: Palabras Clavementioning
confidence: 77%
“…Obviously, in order to identify important papers one must review the existing body of literature about xenarthrans. Recently, Superina et al (2014) have done just that for armadillos. Their analyses revealed that, not surprisingly, of >3,000 papers published over 400 years, 1,337 of these focused on nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus), which in turn was largely due to the explosion of interest in these animals as a model for leprosy studies, beginning in the 1970s.…”
Section: Palabras Clavementioning
confidence: 99%
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“…This shows that national scientists are the main leaders of the research conducted in China. Publishing in the country's native language has the advantage to make the information available to national policymakers and local public (Bortolus, 2012;Di Bitetti and Ferreras, 2017;Superina et al, 2014). Although English-language papers represent the majority of publications in the last decade in China, their proportion is still much lower than in other non-English speaking countries (González-Alcaide et al, 2012).…”
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confidence: 99%