"Kangaroo" Animal World

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Type of animal science: Classification Fields of study: Anatomy, conservation biology, ethology, physiology, reproduction science, wildlife ecology Kangaroos, comprising six species, are the largest marsupials. They evolved as the major grazing animals in Australia. Alone among large vertebrates, they hop as their preferred form of locomotion. FACTS Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Subkingdom: Bilateria Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Class: Mammalia Order: Marsupialia Family: Macropodidae (kangaroos and wallabies) Genus and species: Macropus, with fourteen species including M. giganteus (eastern gray kangaroo), M. fuliginosus (western gray kangaroo), M. rufus (red kangaroo), M. robustus (wallaroo, four subspecies), M. bernardus (black wallaroo), M. antilopinus (antilopine kangaroo) Geographical location: Australia Habitat: Grasslands Gestational period: One month, followed by six to eleven months in marsupium Life span: Twelve to eighteen years in the wild; twentyeight years in captivity Special anatomy: Hops instead of running, by virtue of elastic legs and large tail for balance; gives birth to highly immature young that nurse and develop in a pouch

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