Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Dwarf Armadillo

Zaedyus pichiy


This mammal belongs to the Dasypodidae family, that is in the Xenarthra Order. His body is covered by a hard shell of plates. They live in caves that excavate in the sandy soil of Patagonia.


Patagonia is an arid and extreme area of Argentina. It is in fact a desert. Vegetation are compacted, usually with adaptations to conserve water.

No species ID suggestions


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Congratulations Diego!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 months ago

Good to know. Thanks for the information Diego.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 11 months ago

Nice one! Congrats, Diego.

DiegoAlfonsoRosa 11 months ago

Thanks Leuba for your comment. It is less common than other members of this family (Dasypodidae). I found it the field at 120 km from Neuquén City.
In the following site you can see a map with the places this species has been seen.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 months ago

Congratulations Diego ! That is one of the sweetest faces I have seen. I hope they are safe in their natural environment.

DiegoAlfonsoRosa 11 months ago

Thank you very much for this SOTD, and thank you all for the comments received.



AntónioGinjaGinja 11 months ago

Great find Diego,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 11 months ago

Congratulations Diego, this pretty special armadillo is our Spotting of the Day!

"Also know as Pichi, this Dwarf Armadillo (Zaedyus pichiy) is our Spotting of the Day! The pichi is a small, hairy armadillo native to Argentina and Chile. The only living member of the genus Zaedyus, it has the southernmost distribution of all of the armadillos. Pichis are also the only armadillos known to hibernate. Classified as near-threatened by the IUCN mainly due to hunting and overgrazing of its habitat by cattle.
Fore more information: "



triggsturner 11 months ago

Nice one Diego. Thanks for sharing this.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

Wow! That is a very cool creature!

NQN, Argentina

Lat: -38.29, Long: -68.36

Spotted on Oct 31, 2016
Submitted on Nov 12, 2017

Spotted for mission

Related spottings


Nearby spottings

Red Tegu Lizard White-browed blackbird; pecho colorado Peuco Chalk-browed Mockingbird