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

Viverrinae

Belongs within: Aeluroidea. The Viverrinae, civets and genets, are low-bodied carnivorans with well-developed shearing teeth, perineal glands, and the soles of the feet normally hairy between toes and pads (Wemmer & Wozencraft 1984). <==Viverrinae | i. s.: Osbornictis piscivoraS78 |–+–Viverricula indicaFS15 | `–+–Civettictis civettaFS15 | `–Viverra Linnaeus 1758FS15, L58 | | i. s.: V. civettaG41… Continue reading Viverrinae

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Lutra

Belongs within: Mustelinae. Lutra is a genus of relatively unspecialised otters found in Eurasia. They are mostly solitary and individuals vocalise using twitters. The Eurasian river otter L. lutra is the most widespread species, being found in most of Eurasia south of the tundra line as well as in North Africa. Individuals are brownish grey… Continue reading Lutra

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Mustela

Belongs within: Mustelinae.Contains: Mustela erminea. The genus Mustela contains the weasels, stoats, polecats and mink—small predators native to Eurasia and North and South America. The weasels and stoats (M. nivalis, M. erminea and related species) are particularly slender, with a brown dorsum and pale underparts. The ferrets of the subgenus Putorius are generally stockier in build, and… Continue reading Mustela

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Ursidae

Belongs within: Carnivora.Contains: Ursus. The Ursidae, bears, are a family of relatively large carnivorans found primarily in Eurasia and the Americas. The living forms are plantigrade and omnivorous (in the case of the giant panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca primarily herbivorous whereas the polar bear Ursus maritimus is primarily carnivorous). Among recent species, the largest is U.… Continue reading Ursidae

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Phocidae

Belongs within: Carnivora.Contains: Phocinae. The Phocidae, true seals, are one of the two lineages within the Pinnipedia. In contrast to the eared seals of the Otarioidea, phocids lack external ear flaps, and are unable to bring the hind flippers underneath the body for walking on land. Living phocids are divided between the subfamilies Phocinae and… Continue reading Phocidae

Phocinae

Belongs within: Phocidae. The Phocinae are the northern seals, characterised by the presence of claws on the fore and hind flippers. <==PhocinaeAG06 |–Erignathus [Erignathini]FS15 | `–E. barbatusR76 `–+–Cystophora [Cystophorini]FS15 | `–C. cristataFS15 `–PhociniAG06 |–HistriophocinaAG06 | |–*Histriophoca fasciata (Zimmermann 1783)H48, FS15, H48 [=Phoca fasciataH48] | `–Pagophilus groenlandicusAG06 `–+–+–Halichoerus grypusFS15 [=Phoca grypaAG06] | `–PusaFS15 [incl. Pontophoca Alekseev… Continue reading Phocinae

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