An armadillo (Dasypus novem)

Trip's armadillo

An armadillo figurine

The armadillo (Dasypus novem) was a small terrestrial animal native to the planet Earth. It was an quadrupedal insectivore with a snout, tail, claws, and a thick casing of armor for defense.

Trip Tucker kept a figurine of an armadillo in his quarters next to a photograph of himself and his sister. (ENT: "Similitude", "These Are the Voyages...")

When Spock tried to match the sound of the Whale Probe to the sound of an Earth animal in the phylum search mode aboard the HMS Bounty, a long-nosed armadillo was one of the animals shown. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

In an attempt to insult Worf on his appearance, just moments before he intended to kill the Klingon, Eli Hollander stated, "'Course, shootin' someone as ugly as you, could hardly be considered a crime. Were you just born that way, or did your momma marry an armadillo?" (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas")

in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the name Dasypus novem is given. This seems to be an odd variant of the actual name of the most widely known armadillo species, Dasypus novemcinctus, or the nine-banded armadillo.

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