Definition of Pholidota in English:

Pholidota

Syllabification: Phol·i·do·ta
Pronunciation: /ˌfäliˈdotə
 
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Zoology
  • A small order of mammals that comprises the pangolins.
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    • Attempts to resolve the relationships of Xenarthra and Pholidota to other eutherian mammals have not yet been exhausted.
    • Some features of mammals that eat mostly ants and termites are used as examples of convergence; the most speciose assemblages of these mammals are in the orders Xenarthra and Pholidota.
    • Unfortunately, information on the condition of feeding apparatus muscles in ant-eating taxa outside the Xenarthra and Pholidota is incomplete.

Origin

modern Latin (plural), from Greek pholidōtos 'scaly', from pholis, pholid- 'scale'.

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