Genus Elephas Linnaeus, 1758
Lifespan Asian elephant: 48 years
Higher classification Elephants
Scientific name Elephas
Height Asian elephant: 2.7 m
Mass Asian elephant: 5,400 kg
|Gestation period Asian elephant: 18 – 22 months|
Lower classifications Asian elephant, Straight‑tusked elephant, Palaeoloxodon falconeri, Palaeoloxodon recki, Cyprus dwarf elephant
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Elephas is one of two surviving genera in the family of elephants, Elephantidae, with one surviving species, the Asian elephant Elephas maximus.
Several extinct species have been identified as belonging to the genus, including Elephas recki, Elephas antiquus, and the dwarf elephants E. falconeri and E. cypriotes. The genus is very closely related to the mammoth genus Mammuthus.
Elephas is assigned to the proboscidean family Elephantidae and comprises one living and 10 extinct species: