oa African Zoology - Unusual external adaptations in the rock hyrax

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The hyrax is known to the anatomist and museum zoologist as a curious collection of anatomical peculiarities. The skull and especially the incisor teeth, which resemble the tusks of the elephant, the limb bone arrangement with hooves on the separate digits and the peculiar structure of the gut are just a few of many unique hyrax characters. Recent studies on the biology of the rock hyraces (genera Pro cavia and Heterohyrax) in East Africa have shown a number of unusual features connected with the living animal in its habitat too.

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