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Encyclopedia > West African Manatee
West African Manatee
Conservation status: Vulnerable

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Sirenia
Family: Trichechidae
Genus: Trichechus
Species: T. senegalensis
Binomial name
Trichechus senegalensis
Link, 1795

The West African Manatee Trichechus senegalensis is a species of manatee, and is the least studied of the sirenians. Photos of West African Manatees are very rare; although very little is known about this species, scientists think they are similar to the West Indian Manatees. They are found in coastal marine and estuarine habitats, and in fresh water river systems along the west coast of Africa from the Senegal River south to the Kwanza River in Angola, including areas in Gambia, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, and Zaire. Although crocodiles and sharks occasionally kill manatees in Africa, their only significant threats are from humankind, such as poaching, habitat loss, and other environmental impacts. The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive. ... Scientific classification - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria Placozoa Bilateria Acoelomorpha Orthonectida Rhombozoa ?Myxozoa Superphylum Deuterostomia    Chordata (vertebrates, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicates Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders Subclass Monotremata Monotremata Subclass Marsupialia Didelphimorphia Paucituberculata Microbiotheria Dasyuromorphia Peramelemorphia Notoryctemorphia Diprotodontia Subclass Placentalia Xenarthra Dermoptera Desmostylia Scandentia Primates Rodentia Lagomorpha Insectivora Chiroptera Pholidota Carnivora Perissodactyla Artiodactyla Cetacea Afrosoricida Macroscelidea Tubulidentata Hyracoidea Proboscidea Sirenia The mammals are the class of vertebrate animals primarily characterized by the presence of mammary... Families Dugongidae Trichechidae For information about the Gothic Metal band, see Sirenia (band) Sirenia are herbivorous mammals of coastal waters. ... Species Trichechus inunguis Trichechus manatus Trichechus senegalensis Manatees (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large aquatic mammals sometimes known as sea cows. ... Species Trichechus inunguis Trichechus manatus Trichechus senegalensis Manatees (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large aquatic mammals sometimes known as sea cows. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is a standard convention used for naming species. ... Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link (February 2, 1767 - January 1, 1850) was a German naturalist and botanist. ... 1795 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Species Trichechus inunguis Trichechus manatus Trichechus senegalensis Manatees (family Trichechidae, genus Trichechus) are large aquatic mammals sometimes known as sea cows. ... Families Dugongidae Trichechidae For information about the Gothic Metal band, see Sirenia (band) Sirenia are herbivorous mammals of coastal waters. ... Binomial name Trichechus manatus Linnaeus, 1758 The West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) is a manatee, and the largest member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia (which also includes the dugong and Stellers Sea Cow). ... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... The Senegal River, in West Africa, forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania. ... Angola is a country in southwestern Africa bordering Namibia, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zambia, and with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean. ... The Republic of The Gambia is a country in West Africa. ... The Republic of Liberia is a country on the west coast of Africa, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte dIvoire. ... The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country on the Atlantic coast of western Africa. ... The Republic of Guinea (République de Guinée) is a nation in northwest Africa. ... The Republic of Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. ... Côte dIvoire (often called Ivory Coast in English; see below about the name) is a country in West Africa. ... The Republic of Ghana is a nation in West Africa. ... See also the Empire of Mali and the town of Mali, Guinea. ... The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in West Africa and, by far, the most populated nation in Africa. ... The Republic of Cameroon is a unitary republic of central Africa. ... The Gabonese Republic, or Gabon, is a nation of west central Africa. ... Republic of the Congo (light green) Democratic Republic of the Congo (dark green) Congo is a name shared by two neighbouring countries in Africa, usually distinguished either by using their full official names or adding their capitals: The Republic of the Congo is often known as Congo-Brazzaville. It is... Zaire (spelt Zaïre in French) was the name of the Second Republic of Democratic Republic of the Congo between 1971 and 1997. ... Genera Crocodylus Osteolaemus Tomistoma A crocodile can be any of the 14 species of large, water-loving reptiles in the family Crocodylidae (sometimes classified instead as the subfamily Crocodylinae). ... Orders see article text below Sharks are a group (superorder Selachimorpha) of fish, with a full cartilaginous skeleton, a streamlined body plan with between 5 and 7 gill slits along the sides (most often) or side of the head (the first modified slit is behind the eye and called a...


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Manatee Facts (712 words)
West Indian manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail.
The manatee's closest land relatives are the elephant and the hyrax, a small, gopher-sized mammal.
The West Indian manatee is related to the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the dugong, and to the Steller's sea cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768.
Animal Info - West African Manatee (2147 words)
Manatees are large, cylindrically shaped mammals, with forelimbs modified in to flippers, no free hindlimbs, and the rear of the body in the form of a flat, rounded, horizontal paddle.
The West African manatee is landlocked in the Logone and Chari Rivers of Chad.
For example, in Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau, the West African manatee is attracted to freshwater seeps or springs that are found in marine habitats.
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