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Recently added Mammalian species

The mammalian species pages which were recently created are listed here automatically. A total of 357 mammalian species in the database as of this moment. 126 have some information filled in.
Crocidura attenuata (Asian grey shrew), Crocidura pergrisea (Kashmir rock shrew), Crocidura pullata (Dusky shrew), Crocidura jenkinsi (Jenkin's Shrew), Capra sibirica (Siberian Ibex), Budorcas taxicolor (Takin), Capra falconeri (Markhor), Bubalis bubalis (Water buffalo,Wild Asian buffalo,Wild Asiatic buffalo, भैंस Bhains), Bos frontalis (Gaur, Indian bison), Cervus eldi (Eld's Deer, Thamin, Brow-antlered Deer), Cervus elaphus (Kashmir Stag, Hangul, Red Deer), Cervus unicolor (Sambar, Sambar), Antilope cervicapra (Blackbuck), Axis porcinus (Hog Deer), Stenella longirostris (Spinner dolphin), Balaenoptera edeni (Bryde's whale), Balaenoptera musculus (Blue whale), Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Northern minke whale, Common minke whale), Balaenoptera borealis (Sei whale), Caprolagus hispidus (Hispid Hare, Bristly Rabbit, Assam Rabbit) … further results

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Recently added community pages

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Did you know?

Dolphins are being trained by the US Military for underwater surveillance purposes, among others
Dolphins (Delphinus delphis) are among the most intelligent mammals in the world after humans. Dolphins are aquatic mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. Interestingly, the closest land relative of aquatic mammals is the hippopotamus. The lineages leading to whales and hippopotamuses diverged ~55 million years ago.
Several species of Dolphins are found in Indian territorial waters including some river species such as the Ganges River Dolphin. These species look different from the image alongside (of the Bottlenose Dolphin), which is the image in the popular imagination. Nevertheless, Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures, with a brain to body ratio only second to that of humans. Dolphins display creative behavior, have been shown to make rudimentary use of tools and are able to communicate with other individuals through clicks and whistles. It has been suggested recently that dolphins, given their highly intelligent behaviors, should be treated as non-human mammals.
Unfortunately, dolphins in India are all endangered species. The freshwater dolphin species face threats from pollution of the rivers, construction of dams and hunting. Ironically, Dolphin is considered as a vehicle of Goddess Ganga, but we are doing little to protect the species. Unless something serious is done to save these intelligent creatures, our children and grandchildren may never get to see these magnificent creatures freely swimming in Indian waters.

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