Maned sloths are thought to be one species, but genetic and physical analysis suggest there are actually two
September 28, 2022
There are more species of sloths in the world than previously thought. Mane sloths live in a small forest belt in Brazil, and an analysis now shows that those in the south are a different species than those found farther north.
Three-toed sloths are generally considered to fall into four categories. One – mane sloth (mackerel) – has a top of coarse brown hair that makes the head look like a husked coconut.
But there are signs that not all maned sloths are the same, say Daniel…