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The Fossa (2) - Julie W Bentley-Sikes Interdisciplinary...

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Julie W. Bentley-Sikes Interdisciplinary Science II The Fossa I decided to research the little known fossa, specifically for that very reason: they are not heard of very often and they are very strange creatures. I myself had never heard of them until I decided to Google “cool animals” just the other day. I suppose this project presented me with a chance to familiarize myself with something new and also a chance to share this new found information with my peers. The fossa, pronounced (FOO-SA) is only found on the island of Madagascar, Africa. Its appearance is tied between that of a dog, cat and the mongoose, (one of its distant relatives). Fossa have long tails that contribute to their balancing skills needed to transport themselves from tree to tree in jumping and climbing. (Garbutt) Because of this odd physical appearance and characteristics, the complete classification of the fossa has changed several times since its discovery. However, below you will find the most current standing list: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Suborder: Feliformia Family: Eupleridae Subfamily: Euplerinae Genus: Cryptoprocta Species: Cryptoprocta Ferox (Lundrigan) Being carnivorous, the fossa primarily eats birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc.
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