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Manatee



Manatee Marine

Information and main features:

- Marine Manatee is an aquatic mammal that can be found in salty (seas and oceans) or sweet (rivers) waters.

Sea Manatee

- Saltwater species are marine manatees and African manatees.

- Marine manatees inhabit mainly the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, near the coasts of the United States, Mexico, Central America (Caribbean Islands) and the northern coast of Brazil.

- The manatees are huge, can reach 700 kilos and 4 meters in length.

- They have only molar teeth.

- The tail of these mammals is flat and wide.

- They have rough gray-brown skin.

- The eyes are small but with great visual ability.

- They feed on water hyacinths, algae and grass.

- The female has, on average, one pup every three years. The pregnancy lasts for 12 months.

AMAZON MANATOR

- There is also a freshwater species, the Amazon Manatee, found mainly in the Amazon River basin.

- The Amazon manatee is smaller and can reach 3 meters in length and 500 pounds in weight.

- The body is dark gray in color and its leather is thick and sturdy. Have a white spot on the belly area.

- Like the marine, the Amazonian manatee is herbivorous and therefore feeds on plants found within and on river banks.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Philo: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Infraclass: Placentalia

Order: Sirenia

Family: Trichechidae

Genre: Trichechus