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Amazonian Manatee


Scientific Name:
Trichechus inunguis
Length:
2.8 m (9.2 ft)
Weight:
350 - 500 kg (770 - 1100 lbs)
Status:
rare
Prey:
Plants growing on the bottom of the Amazon river

Physical characteristics

They have a round head and are colored dark gray to black. They have smooth skin and flippers as forelimbs.

Behavioral characterization

N/A

Distribution

Amazon river system

Population size

Unknown

Predators

Humans

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Do not migrate.

Social system/Group size

They are usually seen solitary or in mother/calf pairs, but might assemble to groups of 4 - 8 individuals during the dry season.

Major threats

Habitat degradation, hunting and entanglement in fishing gear.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

They do not eat anything during the dry season.