The tamandua (which means ant catcher in Tupi) has a starring role in this year's SummerQuest adventure.
In the rainforest, spotting animals is actually very difficult. You can hear them, you can see the signs of their passing, but seeing them is not easy. So we have an extra quest for you. In how many of our library reference books can you find mention of the tamandua? Extra credit if you see one, if you find a picture. List all the mentions you find in proper fashion - with Dewey number, title, page number and so on. We will have to figure out some way to resolve ties because we have only one prize and it is a fine one.
Hint: we have reference books in three locations: the reference room, the children's room and behind the desk.
You have until July 4th to finish, then we will start a new quest.
Where does the tamandua fit in the great kingdom of animals?
Superorder: Xenarthra (1 2) Xenarthra means `Strange Jointed Mammals' and includes armadillos, anteaters and sloths. A lot of those great extinct giant mammals you see in museums were Xenarthra.
Order: Pilosa anteaters and sloths.
Suborder: Vermilingua anteaters
Family: Myrmecophagidae anteaters that aren't silky
Genus: Tamandua small anteaters that aren't silky
Species: tetradactyla (southern) and mexicana (northern)
And the Dewey?
599.3x miscellaneous orders of placental mammals
599.31 miscellaneous of the miscellaneous (pagolins, anteaters, aardvarks, ant bears etc.) Actually based on some old, and discredited, taxonomy. They are unrelated.