Hippopotamus
Temporal range: Pliocene - Recent[1][2]
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The river hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Hippopotamidae
Subfamily: Hippopotaminae
Genus: Hippopotamus
Linnaeus, 1758
Type species
Hippopotamus amphibius
Linnaeus, 1758
Synonyms
  • Phanourios Sondaar and Boekschoten, 1972

Hippopotamus is a genus of artiodactyl mammals consisting of one extant species, Hippopotamus amphibius, the river hippopotamus (or simply the hippopotamus), and several extinct species from both recent and prehistoric times. It belongs to the family Hippopotamidae, which also includes the pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) and a number of extinct genera.

Species

The species of the genus Hippopotamus include:

Extant species

Extinct species

References

  1. ^ "Fossilworks: Hippopotamus".
  2. ^ "Fossilworks: Hippopotamus amphibius".
  3. ^ Hooijer, Dirk Albert (1952). "Fact and Fiction in Hippopotamology (Sampling the History of Scientific Error)". Osiris. 10: 109–116. doi:10.1086/368549. JSTOR 301810. S2CID 143556059. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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