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Temporal range: Early Pliocene – Recent
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Tubulidentata
Faimily: Orycteropodidae
Genus: Orycteropus
Species: O. afer
Binomial name
Orycteropus afer
(Pallas, 1766)

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Aardvark range

The aardvark (Orycteropus afer) is a middlin burraein, nocturnal mammal hamelt in Africae.[2] It is the ainly livin species o the order Tubulidentata, awtho ither prehistoric species an genera o Tubulidentata ar kent. Unlike maist ither insectivores, it haes a lang pig-like snoot, that is uised tae sniff oot fuid. It roams ower maist o the soothren twa-thirds o the African continent, joukin areas that ar mainly rocky. A nocturnal feeder, it subsists on eemocks an termites, that it will dig oot o their hills uisin its sharp claws an pouerful legs. It digs tae create burrows tae live in an rear its young. It receives a "least concern" ratin frae the IUCN, awtho its nummers seem tae be fawin.

Aardvarks ar afrotheres, a clade that includes elephants, manatees, an hyraxes as weel.

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  • Lindsey, P.; Cilliers, S.; Griffin, M.; Taylor, A.; Lehmann, T.; Rathbun, G. (2008). "Orycteropus afer". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2008. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 18 November 2013. Cite has empty unkent parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)