Reid panda

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Reid panda[1]
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Conservation status
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Infraorder: Arctoidea
Superfamily: Musteloidea
Family: Ailuridae
Genus: Ailurus
F. Cuvier, 1825
Species: A. fulgens
Binomial name
Ailurus fulgens
F. Cuvier, 1825
Subspecies

A. f. fulgens
A. f. refulgens syn. A. f. styani[1]

Reid panda range

The reid panda (Ailurus fulgens), an aa cried lesser panda an reid cat-bear, is a smaa arboreal mammal native tae the eastren Himalayas an soothwastren Cheenae that haes been classified as Vulnerable bi IUCN as its wild population is estimatit at less than 10,000 maitur individuals. The population continues tae decline an is threatened bi habitat loss an fragmentation, poachin, an inbreedin depression, altho reid pandas are protectit bi naitional laws in thair range countries.[2]

The reid panda is slichtly lairger than a domestic cat. It has reiddish-broun fur, a lang, shaggy tail, an a waddlin gait due tae its shorter front legs. It feeds mainly on bamboo, but is omnivorous an an aa eats eggs, birds, insects, an smaa mammals. It is a solitary ainimal, mainly active frae dusk tae dawn, an is lairgely sedentary durin the day.

The reid panda is the anly livin species o the genus Ailurus an the faimily Ailuridae. It haes been previously placed in the raccoon an beir faimilies, but results o phylogenetic research indicate strang support for its taxonomic classification in its awn faimily Ailuridae, which alang wi the weasel faimily is pairt o the superfaimily Musteloidea.[3] Twa subspecies are recognized.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wang, X., Choudhry, A., Yonzon, P., Wozencraft, C., Than Z. (2008). "Ailurus fulgens". IUCN Red Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naiture. 
  3. Flynn, J. J.; Nedbal, M. A.; Dragoo, J. W.; Honeycutt, R. L. (2000). "Whence the Red Panda?". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 17 (2): 190–199. doi:10.1006/mpev.2000.0819. PMID 11083933. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 

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