Significance to humans

Members of this group are hunted for sport and for their skin. Rope is made from the tendons of the tail from the species that have prehensile tails. They are often kept as pets and used by native peoples in their homes for ant and termite control.

A silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus) baby clings tightly to its mother. (Photo by Wolfgang Bayer. Bruce Coleman, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)

1. Silky anteater {Cyclopes didactylus); 2. Northern tamandúa {Tamandúa mexicana); S. Southern tamandúa {Tamandúa tetradactyla); 4. Giant anteater {Myrmecophaga tridactyla). {Illustration by Joseph E. Trumpey)

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