Identifying a Body without Scales


A dead pangolin without scales can be identified using most of the same methods one would use to identify a pangolin with intact scales. The number of scales can be determined by counting "scale beds" on the body. A pangolin "body type" is also useful for identification. There are four ground-dwelling pangolin species and four tree-dwelling pangolin species. If you can determine the body type, then you've narrowed the choices from eight to four species.
 
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"Scale beds"

The number of scales can be determined by counting "scale beds" on the body. 

 

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Ground dwelling species:

Ground dwelling species have thick tails, approximately the same length as the body. The claws on the front feet are much larger than claws on the hind feet.

Tree dwelling species:

Tree dwelling species have slender tails, longer than the body. The claws on the front and hind feet are approximately the same size.