Kinkajou

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Kinkajou
Kinkajou.jpg
Scienteefic clessification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Procyonidae
Subfaimily: Potosinae
Genus: Potos
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Cuvier, 1795
Species: P. flavus
Binomial name
Potos flavus
(Schreber, 1774)
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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 aither. 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. Houiver, thay are huntit for the pet tred, for thair fur (tae mak wallets an horse saidles) 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 wechts 1.4–4.6 kg (3–10 lb). The adult body lenth is 40–60 cm (16–24 in); in addeetion tae body lenth, the tail lenth 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 een an smaa lugs. It an aa haes short legs wi five taes on each fit an sharp claws.[4][5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Kays, R., Reid, F., Schipper, J. & Helgen, K. (2008). "Potos flavus". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2008. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  2. "Appendices I, II and III: The CITES Appendices". Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  3. Eisenberg, J. F. (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.  Unkent parameter |coauthors= ignored (help)
  4. [1] (2011).
  5. Boitani, Luigi, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Mammals. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone Books (1984), ISBN 978-0-671-42805-1