ORGANISM PROFILE AND SUMMARY
ORGANISM PROFILE 4
This project “Organism profile summary’covers an animal species referred to as the nine-banded Armadillo.The first section covers the introduction of the animal species andits scientific name through a discussion. In the next topic, thereproduction system of the animal species (armadillo) is examined. Inthe subsequent topic, a discussion on the evolution of armadillo willbe assessed with regard to its migration across the United States aspart of understanding the animal survival. Lastly, the armadillopolygamous nature will be discussed.
The Armadillo species lifecycle
The species mostly breeds during summer
After mating the Embryo is plated after 14 weeks
The species bears four identical young ones of the same sex
The female Armadillo then nurses the young ones for two months (this is according to New Hampshire Public Television, 2014).
The functions and the structure of the Armadillo Reproductive System
The females have distended external clitoris
The male species do not have external scrotums and the testes are held internally
Majority of the species females ovulate one time per annum
The shape of the animal does not allow for normal copulation and mostly when this happen the females positions themselves on their backs (this is according to the University of Michigan, 2014).
The organism’s evolution
It is recorded that the earliest creatures that had armadillo like features were panocthus and the glyptodons.
The animal shells were made of bones to enhance the animals’ protection. However, as larger animals inhibited their area, the armadillo shell protection was inadequate and this made them to migrate northward to Ohio River Valley and consequently spreading throughout America.
One article titled “Where did Armadillo come from?” tried to explain the origin of the Armadillo species through the Mayan myths and legends. The article sheds light on the ancestral roots of the armadillo species as well as its evolution to 20 living species.
It is difficult to create the Phylogeny for Armadillo species and information gathering is still on course.
Further areas of interest
The Phylogeny of Armadillo species
New Hampshire Public Television. (2014).Nine-Banded Armadillo – Dasypusnovemcinctus. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/armadillo.htm#6
University of Michigan. (2014). Dasypus novemcinctus: Nine-bandedarmadillo. Retrieved fromhttp://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/Dasypus_novemcinctus/#reproduction
Armadillo Online. (2014). Where did armadillos come from?Retrieved from http://armadillo-online.org/index.html