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Cheetah

conor kiely
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Transcript of Cheetah

CHEETAH By: Conor Kiely Intro to the Cheetah Domain-Eukarya
Kingdom-Animalia Phylum-Chordata Class-Mammalia
Order-Carnivora Family-Felidae Genus-Acinonyx Felinae
Acinonyx jubatus (cheetah)
Caracal caracal (African lynx)
Catopuma (Asian golden cat and bay cat)
Felis (domestic cat, wild cat, and relatives)
Leopardus (ocelot, margay, and relatives)
Leptailurus serval (serval)
Lynx (lynx and bobcat)
Pardofelis marmorata (marbled cat)
Prionailurus (fishing cat, leopard cat, and relatives)
Profelis aurata (African golden cat)
Puma (mountain lion and jaguarundi)
Pantherinae
Panthera (lion, jaguar, leopard, and tiger)
Neofelis nebulosa (clouded leopard)
Uncia uncia (snow leopard)
Family Adaptations -long tear-drop shaped lines on each side of the nose from the corner of its eyes to its mouth. These helps keep the sun out of its eyes and aid in hunting -The cheetah's flexible spine, oversized liver, enlarged heart, wide nostrils, increased lung capacity, and thin muscular body make this cat the swiftest hunter in Africa. -Fastest land mammal on Earth Selective Presures -Humans

-themselves

-genetic inbreeding Ecology -Today, there are fewer than 12,000 cheetah, with an estimated extinction date of 15 years (approx. 2013) -highly endangered General Facts -life span is approximately 12 years

-mate throughout the year

-has a gestation period of ninety to ninety-eight days

-reproduces with around 3 to 5 cubs in a litter geographical distribution Niche & Habitat -open plains

-prefer to live in semi-desert, grassland and shrubs
(http://www.glidaa.com/niche-cheetah/) Community Interactions -There is no real beneficial interaction within the community

-Hyeans + Lions Cheetah and the Carbon Cycle under-goes cellular resperation Producers absorb CO2 First Order consumers eat the producers Cheetah eats first order consumer Impact of Climate Change -would be very dramatic for the cheetah

-has very specific needs in its environment
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