The soft stomach is one reason a pangolin has hard scales covering its body.
An alternative strategy can be seen in anteaters and pangolins : the tongue has lost most of its cranial attachments.
In the echidna, anteaters, and pangolins , there are qualitative differences in tongue construction.
In performance, the generic figures appear in groups to represent mainly dogs, pangolins , and antelopes.
Like pangolins , aardvarks have a long, protrusile tongue and a gizzard-like stomach.
Beneath, pangolins lack scales but have a sparse coat of fur.
Anteaters, pangolins , and some armadillos use hook-and-pull digging with the enlarged claw of a single, enlarged manual digit to open termite or ant nests made of hard dirt.
Alternatively they may climb trees in search of tree ants, as do the pangolins or scaly anteaters of the genus Manis.
In contrast with the Xenarthra, the Old World Pholidota is not trophically diverse and contains only the myrmecophagous pangolins , or scaly anteaters.
Interpreting the extreme similarity in anteaters and pangolins remains problematic due to lingering disagreement among phylogenetic hypotheses.