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What is a manis?

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Tara Andrews on August 8, 2019

Response . \nPangolins or scaly anteaters are mammals in the order Pholidota. There is only one existing of the family (And) and one genus (Manis) of pangolins, comprising eight species. (There are also a number of taxa extinct within Pholidota.) Pangolins have large scales on their skin and are found in the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The name "lynx" is derived from the word Malay pengguling ("something that rolls up").\n. \nIn older classifications, pangolins were classified with various other orders, for example Edentata, which includes the ordinary anteaters and the similar-looking armadillos. New genetic evidence, however, indicates that the closest living relatives of pangolins are Carnivores, with which they form a clade, the Ferae. Some paleontologists have classified the pangolins in the order Cimolesta, together with several extinct groups.


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