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Pseudoruminant

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Speed  Hippopotamus: 30 km/h
Lifespan  Hippopotamus: 40 – 50 years
Height  Wild boar: 55 – 110 cm, Hippopotamus: 1.5 m
Gestation period  Wild boar: 115 days, Hippopotamus: 243 days, Pale-throated sloth: 183 days
Mass  Wild boar: 50 – 90 kg, Hippopotamus: 1,500 – 1,800 kg
Length  Wild boar: 90 – 200 cm, Hippopotamus: 3.3 – 5.2 m
Representative species  Wild boar, Hippopotamus, Pygmy three‑toed sloth, Linnaeus's two‑toed sloth, Brown‑throated sloth

Pseudoruminant is a classification of animal based on its digestive tract differing from the ruminants. Hippopotamidae (comprising hippopotami) are ungulate mammals with a three-chambered stomach (ruminants have a four-chambered stomach). Camels & hippopotami are examples of pseudoruminants.

Anatomy

Like ruminants, the pseudoruminants use foregut fermentation to break down cellulose in fibrous plant species. But in contrast to these, pseudoruminants have three-chambered stomachs while ruminants have four chambers.

References

Pseudoruminant Wikipedia


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