Aardvark

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Aardvark
Temporal range: Early Pliocene – Recent
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Tubulidentata
Family: Orycteropodidae
Genus: Orycteropus
Species: O. afer
Binomial name
Orycteropus afer
(Pallas, 1766)
Subspecies

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Map of Africa showing a highlighted range (in green) covering most of the continent south of the Sahara desert
Aardvark range

The Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a mammal from Africa; its name means "earth pig" in the language Afrikaans. It is the only living member in its order, though some fossil genera have been found

Taxonomy[change | change source]

  • Order Tubulidentata
    • Family Orycteropodidae
      • Genus Orycteropus
        • Species Orycteropus afer

The Aardvark looks a bit like the South American anteaters but they are not related. It is in a proposed clade Afroinsectiphilia, with the golden moles and tenrecs. Another proposal is to out it in the Pseudungulata, with the elephants and Sirenia. There is no consensus at present.

Appearance[change | change source]

Adult aardvarks weighs about 60 kilograms (130 pounds) and a little more than one meter (45 inches) long.

Life[change | change source]

Aardvarks eat mostly ants and termites. They have a long sticky tongue which makes it easy to pick up many ants at once.

Aardvarks are nocturnal, which means they are awake at night and asleep during the day.

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