Hyrax

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Hyraxes
Yellae-spottit hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei)
Scienteefic classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Clade: Atlantogenata
Superorder: Afrotheria
Clade: Paenungulata
Order: Hyracoidea
Huxley, 1869
Faimilies

A hyrax (frae Greek ὕραξ "shrewmouse") is ony species o fairly smaa, thickset, herbivorous mammals in the order Hyracoidea. The rock hyrax Procavia capensis, the yellae-spottit rock hyrax Heterohyrax brucei, the wastren tree hyrax Dendrohyrax dorsalis, an the soothren tree hyrax, Dendrohyrax arboreus live in Africae an the Middle East.

Hyraxes are well-furred, rotund creatures wi short tails. Maist measur atween 30 an 70 cm lang an weigh atween 2 an 5 kg. Thay are eften mistaken for rodents, but in actuality are mair closely relatit tae elephants.