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** Aardvark **

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Aardvark
Temporal range: Pliocene–Recent
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An aardvark at Detroit Zoo
Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)^[2]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Superorder: Afrotheria
Order: Tubulidentata
Huxley, 1872
Family: Orycteropodidae
Gray, 1821
Genus: /Orycteropus/
G. Cuvier, 1798
Species: /*O. afer*/
Binomial name
*/Orycteropus afer/*
(Pallas, 1766)

Aardvark range

The *aardvark* (/ˈɑːrd.vɑːrk/ /*ARD*-vark/, /Orycteropus
afer/) is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa.^[3]
It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata,^[4] although
other prehistoric species and genera of Tubulidentata are known.

*Contents*

· 1 Naming and taxonomy
· 2 Description
· 3 Habitat and Range
· 4 Ecology and behavior
· 5 Conservation
· 6 Mythology and popular culture
· 7 References
· 8 External links

*Naming and taxonomy*

It is sometimes colloquially called "African antbear",^[1]^[5] "anteater",
or the "Cape anteater"^[1] after the Cape of Good Hope. The name comes from
earlier Afrikaans (erdvark)^[1] and means "earth pig" or "ground pig"
(/aarde/ earth/ground, /vark/ pig), because of its burrowing habits^[6]
(similar origin to the name groundhog). The aardvark is not closely related
to the pig; rather, it is the sole recent representative of the obscure
mammalian order Tubulidentata, in which it is usually considered to form
one variable species of the genus /Orycteropus/, the sole surviving genus
in the family Orycteropodidae. The aardvark is not closely related to the
South American anteater, despite sharing some characteristics and a
superficial resemblance.^[7] The closest living relatives of the aardvark
are the elephant shrews, along with the sirenians, hyraxes, tenrecs, and
elephants. With their


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aardvark


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