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Orycteropus afer (aardvark)

Mammalia - Tubulidentata - Orycteropodidae

Taxonomy
Myrmecophaga afra was named by Pallas (1766). It is extant.

It was recombined as Orycteropus afer by Geoffroy (1791), Pickford (1975) and Pickford (2005).

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1766Myrmecophaga afra Pallas
1788Myrmecophaga capensis Gmelin
1791Orycteropus afer Geoffroy
1845Orycteropus senegalensis Schinz
1883Orycteropus capensis Giebel p. 511
1900Orycteropus haussanus Matschie
1900Orycteropus wertheri Matschie
1975Orycteropus afer Pickford p. 76
2005Orycteropus afer Pickford p. 719

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
Synapsida()
RankNameAuthor
Therapsida()
infraorderCynodontia()
Epicynodontia
infraorderEucynodontia
Probainognathia
Mammaliamorpha
Mammaliaformes
classMammalia
subclassTribosphenida()
infraclassEutheria()
Placentalia
AfrotheriaStanhope et al. 1998
Pseudoungulata
orderTubulidentataHuxley 1872
familyOrycteropodidaeGray 1821
subfamilyOrycteropodinaeGray 1821
genusOrycteropusGeoffroy 1791
speciesafer(Pallas 1766)

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
No diagnoses are available
Body mass estimates
estimateequationreference
 59.4 kg Mammalia femur diameterGingerich 1990
 38.6 kg Mammalia humerus diameterGingerich 1990
 62.3 kg Mammalia tibia diameterGingerich 1990
mean: 52.3 kg
Measurements
partNmean
femur diameter122.4
humerus diameter120.0
radius diameter114.0
tibia diameter122.0

Composition: phosphaticsubp
Environment: terrestrialsubc
Locomotion: actively mobilec
Life habit: semifossorialg
Diet: insectivoreg
Created: 2012-05-15 10:18:46
Modified: 2012-05-14 19:18:46
Source: g = genus, subc = subclass, c = class, subp = subphylum
References: Nowak 1991, Lehmann et al. 2005, Carroll 1988, Hendy et al. 2009, Ji et al. 2002

Age range: base of the Pliocene to the top of the Holocene or 5.33300 to 0.00000 Ma

Collections (27 total)


Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Miocene - Pliocene23.03 - 2.588South Africa Orycteropus sp. (22224 22232)
Pliocene5.333 - 2.588South Africa Orycteropus afer (22356)
Early/Lower Pleistocene2.588 - 0.781South Africa Orycteropus afer (21824)
Early/Lower Pleistocene2.588 - 0.781South Africa (Gauteng) Orycteropus afer (183152)
Pleistocene2.588 - 0.0117Kenya Orycteropus afer (21963) Orycteropus sp. (22272)
Pleistocene2.588 - 0.0117South Africa Orycteropus afer (21828 21929 21956)
Pleistocene - Holocene2.588 - 0.0South Africa Orycteropus afer (21957)
Pleistocene - Holocene2.588 - 0.0Zambia Orycteropus afer (21924)
Pleistocene - Holocene2.588 - 0.0Congo-Kinshasa Orycteropus afer (22074)
Middle Pleistocene - Late/Upper Pleistocene0.781 - 0.0117Kenya Orycteropus afer (21276 21277)
Late/Upper Pleistocene0.126 - 0.0117Kenya (Athi-Kapiti) Orycteropus afer (32119)
Late/Upper Pleistocene - Holocene0.126 - 0.0South Africa Orycteropus afer (21922)
Late/Upper Pleistocene - Holocene0.126 - 0.0Congo-Kinshasa Orycteropus afer (22066)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0South Africa (N. Transraal) Orycteropus afer (21693)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0South Africa Orycteropus afer (21866 21921)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0South Africa (Orange Free) Orycteropus afer (21912 21943)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0Congo-Kinshasa Orycteropus afer (22073)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0Tanzania Orycteropus afer (21690)
Holocene0.0117 - 0.0Sudan Orycteropus afer (21902 21958)