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Evo-Eco Project

Naomi McCracken

on 10 May 2011

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References: African Lions Family: Felidae Genus: Panthera Species: leo Range and Habitat Diet Can take on prey as large as wildebeests, zebras, buffaloes, young elephants, rhinos, hippos and giraffes.
Also attacks elephants when food a scarce.
Often take over kills made by hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. Size: 48 inches high
Weight: 330 to 500 pounds
Lifespan: 10-14 years
Top speed:50 mph
Body temperature: ranges from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Lions are also facing many human threats such as population growth and agricultural expansion resulting in loss of natural habitat, as well as hunting, poisoning and poaching by livestock ranchers. Conservation Issues Felidae Panthera leo Evolutionary History 26 species belong to Felis
3 species belong to Lynx
6 large species belong to Panthera
1 species belongs to Acinonyx All make up family Felidae Lions are the second largest living feline species, second only to the tiger. Have long legs, short faces, and sleek, athletic bodies with beautiful coats.
Can all retract their claws, have a keenly developed sense of smell, and they all purr. Lion's Niche Predator Paws equipped with soft pads to make quiet movements
Body covered with sandy brown coat in most subspecies of lions
Mature male lions have thick mane of brown or black hair that encircles the head and neck. Physical Description http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1017/S0952836904005242/abstract
http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/lions.cfm Adaptations Have been observed hunting rhinos
Can survive on water only for long periods of time
Due to slow speed, they stalk their prey Cladogram
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