Australonyx aquae De Iuliis et al., 2009



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: Late Pleistocene





Biology & Ecology

May have been a climber (Santos et al., 2023).









Original scientific description:

De Iuliis, Gerardo, Pujos, François and Cartelle, Cástor. (2009). A new ground sloth (Mammalia: Xenarthra) from the Quaternary of Brazil. Comptes Rendus Palevol. 8(8): 705-715.


Other references:

Dantas, Mário A. T. (2022). Estimating the body mass of the Late Pleistocene megafauna from the South America Intertropical Region and a new regression to estimate the body mass of extinct xenarthrans. Journal of South American Earth Sciences.

Dantas, Mário A. T., Campbell, Sean Cody and McDonald, H. Gregory. (2023). Paleoecological inferences about the Late Quaternary giant ground sloths from the Americas. Research Square preprint.

Dantas, Mário André Trindade and Santos, Adaiana M. A. (2022). Inferring the paleoecology of the Late Pleistocene giant ground sloths from the Brazilian Intertropical Region. Journal of South American Earth Sciences 117: 103899.

McDonald, H. Gregory. (2023). A Tale of Two Continents (and a Few Islands): Ecology and Distribution of Late Pleistocene Sloths. Land 12(6): 1192.

Santos, Adaiana Marta Andrade, Mcdonald, H. Gregory and Dantas, Mário André Trindade. (2023). Inferences of the ecological habits of extinct giant sloths from the Brazilian Intertropical Region. Journal of Quaternary Science.


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