Species Details


Chinese Pangolin Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Manis pentadactyla
Family : Manidae
Order : Pholidota
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Grassland
Description : The Chinese pangolin is covered in large, overlapping scales that form a protective armor-like covering. Its body is elongated, and its legs are short but powerful. It has a prehensile tail that it uses for balance and climbing.

The Chinese pangolin is a small mammal, typically measuring between 30-60 centimeters in length, with a weight of 2-7 kilograms.

Chinese pangolins are found in a variety of habitats including forests, grasslands, and agricultural areas.

Chinese pangolins are insectivores, primarily feeding on ants and termites. They use their long, sticky tongue to capture insects in their nests.

Chinese pangolins are nocturnal and solitary animals, spending most of their time foraging for food. They are also excellent climbers, using their claws to grip onto tree bark and scale steep inclines.

Chinese pangolins are threatened by habitat loss and hunting for their scales and meat, which are used in traditional medicine and as a delicacy in some cultures. As a result, the species is considered endangered, with populations declining across much of its range.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:wikipedia,iucnredlist.org; photo credit:ihenglan(www.inaturalist.org/people/naturalwomlisa), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.