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mammal family

Definitions of mammal family
  1. noun
    a family of mammals
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    Tachyglossidae, family Tachyglossidae
    echidnas
    Ornithorhynchidae, family Ornithorhynchidae
    platypus
    Didelphidae, family Didelphidae
    opossums
    Caenolestidae, family Caenolestidae
    small marsupials of southern South America
    Peramelidae, family Peramelidae
    bandicoots
    Macropodidae, family Macropodidae
    kangaroos; wallabies
    Potoroinae, subfamily Potoroinae
    rat kangaroos
    Phalangeridae, family Phalangeridae
    phalangers; koalas
    Vombatidae, family Vombatidae
    wombats
    Dasyuridae, family Dasyuridae, family Dasyurinae
    dasyures; native cats; pouched mice; banded anteaters; Tasmanian devils
    Notoryctidae, family Notoryctidae
    pouched moles
    Talpidae, family Talpidae
    moles
    Chrysochloridae, family Chrysochloridae
    golden moles
    Soricidae, family Soricidae
    shrews
    Erinaceidae, family Erinaceidae
    true hedgehogs
    Tenrecidae, family Tenrecidae
    tenrecs and extinct related forms
    Potamogalidae, family Potamogalidae
    otter shrews
    Balaenidae, family Balaenidae
    right whales
    Balaenopteridae, family Balaenopteridae
    rorquals; blue whales
    Eschrichtiidae, family Eschrichtiidae
    comprising only the grey whales
    Physeteridae, family Physeteridae
    sperm whales
    Hyperodontidae, Ziphiidae, family Hyperodontidae, family Ziphiidae
    beaked whales; in some especially former classifications included in the family Physeteridae
    Delphinidae, family Delphinidae
    dolphins
    Platanistidae, family Platanistidae
    river dolphins
    Monodontidae, family Monodontidae
    narwhals
    Trichechidae, family Trichechidae
    comprising only the manatees
    Dugongidae, family Dugongidae
    a family of mammals of order Sirenia including dugongs and Steller's sea cow
    Otariidae, family Otariidae
    eared seals: sea lions and fur seals
    Phocidae, family Phocidae
    earless seals
    Odobenidae, family Odobenidae
    walruses and extinct forms
    Orycteropodidae, family Orycteropodidae
    aardvarks
    Canidae, family Canidae
    dogs; wolves; jackals; foxes
    Hyaenidae, family Hyaenidae
    hyenas
    Felidae, family Felidae
    cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs; saber-toothed tigers
    Ursidae, family Ursidae
    bears and extinct related forms
    Viverridae, Viverrinae, family Viverridae, family Viverrinae
    genets; civets; mongooses
    Phyllostomatidae, Phyllostomidae, family Phyllostomatidae, family Phyllostomidae
    New World leaf-nosed bats
    Rhinolophidae, family Rhinolophidae
    Old World leaf-nosed bats
    Hipposideridae, family Hipposideridae
    Old World leafnose bats
    Megadermatidae, family Megadermatidae
    Old World false vampire bats
    Vespertilionidae, family Vespertilionidae
    the majority of common bats of temperate regions of the world
    Molossidae, family Molossidae
    mastiff bats; freetail bats
    Desmodontidae, family Desmodontidae
    true vampire bats
    Leporidae, family Leporidae
    hares and rabbits
    Ochotonidae, family Ochotonidae
    pikas and extinct forms
    Muroidea, superfamily Muroidea
    a superfamily of rodents essentially equal to the suborder Myomorpha but with the Dipodidae excluded
    Muridae, family Muridae
    originally Old World rats now distributed worldwide; distinguished from the Cricetidae by typically lacking cheek pouches
    Hydromyinae, subfamily Hydromyinae
    water rats of Australia and New Guinea
    Cricetidae, family Cricetidae
    mostly small New World rodents including New World mice and lemmings and voles and hamsters
    Gerbillinae, subfamily Gerbillinae
    gerbils
    Hystricidae, family Hystricidae
    Old World porcupines
    Erethizontidae, family Erethizontidae
    New World arboreal porcupines
    Heteromyidae, family Heteromyidae
    small New World burrowing mouselike rodents with fur-lined cheek pouches and hind limbs and tail adapted to leaping; adapted to desert conditions: pocket mice; kangaroo mice; kangaroo rats
    Zapodidae, family Zapodidae
    jumping mice
    Dipodidae, family Dipodidae
    Old World jerboas
    Gliridae, family Gliridae
    dormice and other Old World forms
    Geomyidae, family Geomyidae
    North American pocket gophers
    Sciuridae, family Sciuridae
    a mammal family of true squirrels including: ground squirrels; marmots; chipmunks; flying squirrels; spermophiles
    Petauristidae, subfamily Petauristidae
    Old World flying squirrels
    Castoridae, family Castoridae
    beavers
    Aplodontiidae, family Aplodontiidae
    mountain beavers
    Caviidae, family Caviidae
    a family of Hystricomorpha
    Hydrochoeridae, family Hydrochoeridae
    capybara
    Dasyproctidae, family Dasyproctidae
    agoutis and pacas
    Capromyidae, family Capromyidae
    coypus
    Chinchillidae, family Chinchillidae
    small bushy-tailed South American burrowing rodents
    Spalacidae, family Spalacidae
    mole rats
    Bathyergidae, family Bathyergidae
    mole rats; sand rats
    Uintatheriidae, family Uintatheriidae
    an extinct family of Dinocerata
    Procaviidae, family Procaviidae
    includes all recent members of the order Hyracoidea
    Equidae, family Equidae
    horses; asses; zebras; extinct animals
    Rhinocerotidae, family Rhinocerotidae, rhinoceros family
    rhinoceroses
    Tapiridae, family Tapiridae
    tapirs and extinct related forms
    Suidae, family Suidae
    pigs; hogs; boars
    Tayassuidae, family Tayassuidae
    peccaries
    Hippopotamidae, family Hippopotamidae
    hippopotami
    Bovidae, family Bovidae
    true antelopes; cattle; oxen; sheep; goats
    Bovinae, subfamily Bovinae
    term not used technically; essentially coextensive with genus Bos: cattle; buffalo; and sometimes includes kudu
    Antilocapridae, family Antilocapridae
    comprising only the pronghorns
    Cervidae, family Cervidae
    deer: reindeer; moose or elks; muntjacs; roe deer
    Tragulidae, family Tragulidae
    chevrotains
    Camelidae, family Camelidae
    camels and llamas and vicunas
    Giraffidae, family Giraffidae
    giraffes
    Mustelidae, family Mustelidae
    weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens
    Lutrinae, subfamily Lutrinae
    subdivision not used in some classifications: otters
    Mephitinae, subfamily Mephitinae
    subdivision not used in some classifications: skunks
    Melinae, subfamily Melinae
    subdivision not used in some classifications: badgers
    Dasypodidae, family Dasypodidae
    armadillos
    Bradypodidae, family Bradypodidae
    a family of edentates comprising the true sloths
    Megalonychidae, family Megalonychidae
    mammal family consisting of the two-toed sloths
    Megatheriidae, family Megatheriidae
    extinct ground sloths
    Mylodontidae, family Mylodontidae
    extinct South American edentates
    Myrmecophagidae, family Myrmecophagidae
    New World anteaters
    Manidae, family Manidae
    coextensive with the order Pholidota
    Hominidae, family Hominidae
    modern man and extinct immediate ancestors of man
    Pongidae, family Pongidae
    usually considered as comprising orangutans; gorillas; chimpanzees; and sometimes gibbons
    Hylobatidae, family Hylobatidae
    used in some classifications for the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs); sometimes considered a subfamily of Pongidae
    Cercopithecidae, family Cercopithecidae
    Old World monkeys: guenon; baboon; colobus monkey; langur; macaque; mandrill; mangabey; patas; proboscis monkey
    Platyrrhini, superfamily Platyrrhini
    New World monkeys: capuchin; douroucouli; howler monkey; saki; spider monkey; squirrel monkey; titi; uakari; woolly monkey; marmoset; tamarin
    Callithricidae, family Callithricidae
    marmosets
    Cebidae, family Cebidae
    all the New World monkeys except marmosets and tamarins
    Tupaiidae, family Tupaiidae
    tree shrews; in some classifications tree shrews are considered prosimian primates
    Lemuridae, family Lemuridae
    typical lemurs; of Madagascar
    Daubentoniidae, family Daubentoniidae
    comprising solely the aye-aye
    Lorisidae, family Lorisidae
    slow-moving omnivorous nocturnal primates of tropical Asia; usually tailless
    Indriidae, family Indriidae
    a family of Lemuroidea
    Tarsiidae, family Tarsiidae
    coextensive with the genus Tarsius: tarsiers
    Cynocephalidae, family Cynocephalidae
    a family of Dermoptera
    Elephantidae, family Elephantidae
    elephants
    Mammutidae, family Mammutidae, family Mastodontidae
    extinct family: mastodons
    Gomphotheriidae, family Gomphotheriidae
    elephants extinct since the Pleistocene
    Procyonidae, family Procyonidae
    raccoons; coatis; cacomistles; kinkajous; and sometimes pandas
    Bassariscidae, subfamily Bassariscidae
    in some classifications considered a separate family
    Ailuropodidae, family Ailuropodidae
    in some classifications considered the family comprising the giant pandas
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    (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera
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