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Camelidae

(Family)

Overview

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A Family in the Kingdom Animalia.

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Taxonomy

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The Family Camelidae is a member of the Superfamily Cameloidea. Here is the complete "parentage" of Camelidae:

The Family Camelidae is further organized into finer groupings including:

Genera

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Aepycamelus

Aepycamelus is an extinct genus of camelid, formerly called Alticamelus which lived during the Miocene 20.6-4.9 Ma existing for approximately 15.7 million years. [more]

Aguascalientia

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Alforjas

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Alticamelus

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Auchenia

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Blancocamelus

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Blickomylus

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Camelops

Camelops is an extinct genus of camels that once roamed western North America, where it disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene about 10,000 years ago. Its name is derived from the Greek ???e??? (camel) + (face), thus "camel-face." [more]

Camelus

A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as humps on its back. There are two species of camels: the dromedary or Arabian camel has a single hump, and the bactrian has two humps. Dromedaries are native to the dry desert areas of West Asia, and Bactrian camels are native to Central and East Asia. Both species have been domesticated; they provide milk and meat, and are working animals. [more]

Capricamelus

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Cuyamacamelus

Delahomeryx

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Eschatius

Floridatragulus

Gentilicamelus

Gigantocamelus

Hemiauchenia

Hesperocamelus

Lama

A Genus in the Kingdom Animalia. [more]

Llama

Megacamelus

Megatylopus

Michenia

Miolabis

Miotylopus

Nothokemas

Nothotylopus

Oxydactylus

Palaeolama

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Paracamelus

Paralabis

Paramiolabis

Paratylopus

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Pliauchenia

Poebrodon

Poebrotherium

Priscocamelus

Procamelus

Protolabis

Protomeryx

Pseudolabis

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Rakomylus

Stenomylus

Tanymykter

Titanotylopus

Vicugna

Vicugna is a genus containing two South American camelids, the vicu?a and the alpaca. [more]

Vicuna

The vicu?a (Vicugna vicugna) or vicugna is one of two wild South American camelids, along with the guanaco, which live in the high alpine areas of the Andes. It is a relative of the llama, and is now believed to share a wild ancestor with domesticated alpacas, which are raised for their fibre. Vicu?as produce small amounts of extremely fine wool, which is very expensive because the animal can only be shorn every 3 years. When knitted together, the product of the vicu?a's fur is very soft and warm. It is understood that the Inca valued vicu?as for their wool, and that it was against the law for any but royalty to wear vicu?a garments. [more]

More info about the Genus Vicuna may be found here.

Sources

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Last Revised: August 26, 2014
2014/08/26 01:50:47