Vombatomorphia

Belongs within: Diprotodontia.Contains: Diprotodontidae. The Vombatomorphia include the living wombats (Vombatidae) and their fossil relatives. These include such diverse forms as the marsupial lions (Thylacoleonidae), the rhinoceros-like Diprotodontidae, and the large clawed herbivores of the Palorchestidae. The Vombatidae are robust, fossorial grass-eaters that, in living forms, have hypselodont (rootless) teeth (Long et al. 2002). Vombatomorphia… Continue reading Vombatomorphia

Pseudomys

Belongs within: Conilurini. Pseudomys is an Australian genus of mice that typically have dorsally dark and ventrally pale tails (Watts & Aslin 1981). Characters (from Watts & Aslin 1981): Mouse- to rat-sized; fur soft, thick; tail hairy, tapering, often darker on upper surface than lower; incisors backward-pointing, not notched; first upper molar shorter than second… Continue reading Pseudomys

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Rattus

Belongs within: Murinae. Rattus, the true rats, is a genus of medium-sized rodents native to southern and eastern Asia and Australasia. Two species, the black rat R. rattus and the brown rat R. norvegicus, have dispersed worldwide in association with humans. The Polynesian rat R. exulans, a native of southeastern Asia, has become similarly dispersed… Continue reading Rattus

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Giraffoidea

Belongs within: Pecora.Contains: Giraffidae. Africa’s answer to deer Published 5 June 2023 The word “iconic” gets thrown around far too freely these days but I don’t think I’d be wrong in describing giraffes as one of the iconic animals of the African savannah. Taller by far than any other animal living alongside them, and considerably… Continue reading Giraffoidea

Erinaceinae

Belongs within: Erinaceidae. The Erinaceinae, hedgehogs, are Old World insectivores in which hairs on the dorsum (of living species, at least) have become modified into stiff spines. <==ErinaceinaeL03 |–Scymnerix Lopatin 2003 [Scymnericini]L03 | `–*S. tartareus Lopatin 2003L03 |–AmphechininiL03 | |–Palaeoscaptor Matthew & Granger 1924L03, V67 | | `–P. acridens Matthew & Granger 1924L03 | |–Dimylechinus… Continue reading Erinaceinae

Talpini

Belongs within: Talpidae. The Talpini are a Eurasian clade of subterranean moles characterised in which the humerus is specialised for a heavily fossorial lifestyle and the tympanic bone is expanded into a bulla (Van Valen 1967). <==TalpiniV67 | i. s.: Geotrypus Pomel 1848 [incl. Protalpa Filhol 1877]V67 | |–G. acutidentatus (de Blainville 1840) [=Talpa acutidentata;… Continue reading Talpini

Pholidota

Belongs within: Pholidotamorpha. The Pholidota (pangolins) are toothless, insectivorous mammals known from Africa and Asia. Modern species are characterised by a covering of overlapping keratinous scales, and have powerful forelimbs adapted for digging. The Asian pangolins in the genus Manis differ from the African genera in having ear pinnae represented by a flap or thickened… Continue reading Pholidota

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Leopardus

Belongs within: Felidae. As recognised by Johnson et al. (2006) on the basis of molecular analysis, Leopardus is a genus of cats found primarily in South America. All species in the genus have black spots and/or stripes on a light background coloration. The ocelot L. pardalis is the largest species in the genus and one… Continue reading Leopardus

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Felis

Belongs within: Felidae. The genus Felis has been used in the past to refer to the majority of the small cats (if not all cats), but recent authors have tended to restrict it to a smaller group of species closely related to, and similar in appearance to, the domestic cat F. catus. These include the… Continue reading Felis

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Canis

Belongs within: Caninae.Contains: Canis lupus. The genus Canis includes the true dogs, wolves and jackals; they are relatively large and often highly social canids. Members of this genus are found in Eurasia, Africa and North America, with the dingo C. familiaris dingo also prehistorically introduced to Australia. The domestic dog C. familiaris is generally regarded… Continue reading Canis