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The Role of Giant Armadillos (Priodontes maximus) as Physical Ecosystem Engineers

Authors

  • Arnaud Léonard Jean Desbiez,

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    1. Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ), Nazaré Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
    • Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), Murrayfield, Edinburgh, U.K
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  • Danilo Kluyber

    1. Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), Murrayfield, Edinburgh, U.K
    2. Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ), Nazaré Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil
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Corresponding author; e-mail: adesbiez@hotmail.com

Abstract

Through their excavations, giant armadillos (Priodontes maximus) alter their physical surroundings and create new habitats, which influence resources for at least 24 other species of vertebrates in the Brazilian Pantanal. The role of this poorly known species as an ecosystem engineer may be of high value to the community of vertebrates.

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