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Pangolin

Pangolin, any individual of the Edentate genus Manis, with several species, from the Oriental and Ethiopian regions. They are long slenderly-built animals, with short limbs, and covered with imbricated scales generally brown in colour, whence they are called scaly ant-eaters. They can roll themselves into .i ball, and the scales pointing outwards form an efficient protection.