Western tree hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis)
A Western Tree Hyrax.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Hyracoidea

Hyracoidea is an order from the Mammalia class.


Hyraxes retain a number of early mammalian characteristics; in particular, they have poorly developed internal temperature regulation (which they deal with by huddling together for warmth, and by basking in the sun like reptiles). Unlike other browsing and grazing animals, they do not use the incisors at the front of the jaw for slicing off leaves and grass, but use the molar teeth at the side of the jaw, instead. The incisors are nonetheless large, and grow continuously through life, in a manner similar to those of rodents.


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