With an IUCN status of Least Concern (LC), C. uncinctus is a fairly common armadillo in South America, and is present in lowland and sub-mountain forests. This is the first time it has been successfully recorded on a tepui talus slope, and its presence there surprised the expedition members. Tate observed evidence of an armadillo on the talus of Auyan, though he never identified the species. He states: "At Mt Auyan -Tepui many small holes, probably the work of this armadillo, were observed in open, sandy places. Neither we, nor the Indians who were offered a substantial bonus for specimens, ever managed to secure one.".
Our efforts represent a solution to Tate’s problem, solved some 77 years later. Correspondence with Venezuelan scientists confirmed the unusual nature of this encounter- C. uncinctus is usually considered absent from the highlands of the Guiana Shield, it is listed as being primarily an inhabitant of the lowland Venezuelan savanna in Canaima National Park.