Check List 19(1): 35-40, doi: 10.15560/19.1.35
First record of the threatened Giant Anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758 (Xenarthra, Myrmecophagidae), at the Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Poço Fundo in Minas Gerais state, Brazil
expand article infoPaola Cardias Soares, Lara Modesto Mendes, Rodolfo da Cunha Sarcinelli, Kleiber José Vaz de Melo Barbosa, Fabiano Rodrigues de Melo
‡ Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa, Brazil
Open Access

Myrmecophaga tridactyla Linnaeus, 1758, Giant Anteater, is a very sensitive species in the Quadrilátero Ferrífero, a region of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais responsible for a large part of the country’s iron ore production. Information on the occurrence of this species in the area is limited to literature reviews, data papers, and interviews. Here, we present the first record of M. tridactyla from the Reserva Particular do Patrimônio Natural Poço Fundo (a natural heritage private reserve) and what is likely to be only the fifth record from the Quadrilátero Ferrífero region. We highlight the importance of larger, connected areas for the long-term survival of this threat-ened species.

Atlantic Forest, fragmentation, Neotropical xenarthrans, Quadrilátero Ferrífero