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create your own mammal (mammalogy class paper)

Submitted by rharrison on Fri, 03/29/2019 - 11:58

The cheetaur is a member of the order Carnivora, family Felidae, and genus Acinonyx. Acinonyx is a genus with only one extant member, the cheetah, and are cats that do not have retractable claws. Cheetaur is the common name for the Acinonyx equuasis. It is named similarly to the mythical centaur (half man, half horse) for its horse-like legs. Their defining features are their long legs and extremely reduced paws with one toe, hence the species name equuasis (“equus” horse)The cheetaur features a mesaxonic foot with a single toed, hairy paw and non retractable claw. The single claw is curved like a hook for better grip on prey. It’s frame is also larger than the standard cheetah. A cheetah stands at about 2.5 feet from the shoulder (Cheetah Facts, 2018). From shoulder to the ground, an adult cheetaur stands at 4 to 5 feet. With these adaptations, the cheetaur is able to run quite fast for longer. The trade offs for longer limbs and larger body mass is that it cannot reach 112 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour) like those in its genus. It is also not able to easily sneak on prey in areas where the grass is not tall enough. To help it blend in with the grass that is tall enough for coverage, cheetaurs (both male and female) are usually a shade of yellowish brown with dark spots.



"it is also not able to easily sneak on prey in areas where the grass is not tall enough." instead of saying that say "it is also unable to easily sneak up on prey in areas where grass is not tall enough."

Perhaps you could make the paragraph flow more by incorporating what you have in paranthesis into the sentence itself. For example, you could say "Both male and female cheetaurs," as opposed to "cheetaurs (both male and female)"

I notice the way this is structured, you list some of the morpholigical characteristics of the chaetaur and then you talk about the purpose of a few of the adaptations. I think you could make this a stronger paragraph if you intertwine these and elaborate on the purpose of each characteristic after you mention it.