Bony Armoured Skin of An African Giant Pangolin ‘Manis Gigantea’
Bony Armoured Skin of An African Giant Pangolin ‘Manis Gigantea’

Bony Armoured Skin of An African Giant Pangolin ‘Manis Gigantea’

1800 to 1900 Africa

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The Curious Bony Armoured Skin of An African Giant Pangolin ‘Manis Gigantea’ Contained in a contemporary shadow box 19th Century

Size: 121cm long, 46cm wide – 47½ ins long, 18 ins wide
See Finch & Co catalogue no. 12, item no. 31, for an example of a Temmincks Pangolin
Giant Pangolins live in the forest and savannah of Senegal, Uganda and parts of Angola. It is the largest of the Pangolin family containing 7 species of nocturnal ant and termite eating mammals. Their movements are slow and deliberate, but the giant pangolin can walk on its hind limbs using its tail for balance and it can also swim The enormous, overlapping scales are like the bracts of a pinecone and are sharp edged and moveable. When threatened the giant pangolin rolls into a ball, like a hedgehog, which protects it from most enemies.
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