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tamandua, tamandu, lesser anteater, Tamandua tetradactyla(noun)
small toothless anteater with prehensile tail and four-clawed forelimbs; of tropical South America and Central America
An anteater of the genus Tamandua.
Tamandua is a genus of anteaters. It has two members: the southern tamandua and the northern tamandua. They live in forests and grasslands, are semi-arboreal, and possess partially prehensile tails. They mainly eat ants and termites, but they occasionally eat bees, beetles, and insect larvae. In captivity, they will eat fruits and meat. They have no teeth and depend on their powerful gizzard to break down their food. The northern tamandua ranges from southeastern Mexico south throughout Central America, and in South America west of the Andes from northern Venezuela to northern Peru. Southern tamanduas are found from Venezuela and Trinidad to northern Argentina, southern Brazil and Uruguay. The word tamanduá is Tupi for "anteater", and in Tupi and Portuguese refers to anteaters in general. In those languages the tamandua is called tamanduá-mirim.
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