The Everglades Ark data base site at Epicollect5 needed an update of its classification of mammals under the listing of Animals. Here is the new listing as extracted from a variety of web available references. This is intended to simplify the gathering of information by reducing the need for enumeration of in-field choices while still providing an orderly database look-up. This will be especially helpful when comparing observations from diverse ecosystems including Florida, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, and other areas of the USA. The animals are listed by order with examples. This is not intended to be encyclopedic. It does, however, provide space for the observer to enter notes or comments such as genus and species. The example, order or both of the animal can be listed.
Is this next mammal the same order as the animal shown above?
|Mammal Classification by Order|
|Metatheria||marsupial – kangaroo, opossum|
|Edentata||armadillo, sloth, anteater|
|Carnivora||seal, bear, wolf, badger|
|Cetacia||dolphin and whale|
|Artiodactyla||even-toed ungulate: goat, hippo, giraffe|
|Insectivora||moles and shrew|
|Perissodactyla||odd-toed ungulate: horse, rhino, tapir|
Answer to the above question: it is a Perissoxactyla (tapir) lying on the beach in the Osa peninsula park in south west Costa Rica facing the Pacific Ocean. If you said yes; sorry it is not the same order as the Elephant. It is not just the noses but also the feet.
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