Kinkajou

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Kinkajou
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Conservation status
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae
Subfamily: Potosinae
Genus: Potos
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Cuvier, 1795
Species: P. flavus
Binomial name
Potos flavus
(Schreber, 1774)
Kinkajou range

The kinkajou (Potos flavus) is a rainforest mammal o the faimily Procyonidae relatit tae olingos, coatis, raccoons, an the ringtail an cacomistle. It is the anly member o the genus Potos an is an aa kent as the "Honey Bear" (a name that it shares wi the sun beir). Kinkajous mey be mistaken for ferrets or monkeys, but are nae closely relatit tae either. Native tae Central Americae an Sooth Americae, this maistly frugivorous, arboreal mammal is nae an endangered species, tho it is seldom seen bi fowk acause o its strict nocturnal habits. However, thay are huntit for the pet trade, for thair fur (tae mak wallets an horse saddles) an for thair meat. The species haes been includit in Appendix III o CITES bi Honduras, which means that exports frae Honduras require an export permit an exports frae ither kintras require a certificate o origin or re-export.[2] Thay mey live up tae 40 years in captivity.

Size and appearance[eedit | eedit soorce]

An adult kinkajou weighs 1.4–4.6 kg (3–10 lb). The adult body length is 40–60 cm (16–24 in); in addeetion tae body length, the tail length is 40–60 cm (16–24 in).[3] The kinkajou's wuilly fur consists o an ooter coat o gowd (or brounish-gray) owerlappin a gray unnercoat. It haes lairge ees an smaa lugs. It an aa haes short legs wi five toes on each fit an sharp claws.[4][5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Kays, R., Reid, F., Schipper, J. & Helgen, K. (2008). Potos flavus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red Leet o Threatened Species. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  2. "Appendices I, II and III: The CITES Appendices". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  3. Eisenberg, J. F.; Redford, K. H. (2000-05-15). Mammals of the Neotropics: The central neotropics: Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil. University of Chicago Press. pp. 624 (see p. 289). ISBN 978-0-226-19542-1. 
  4. [1] (2011).
  5. Boitani, Luigi, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mammals. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Books (1984), ISBN 978-0-671-42805-1