African Bushpig Skull Replica

$393.00

The African Bush Pig is native to areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. They are gregarious, omnivorous and occupy a variety of habitat types. Male bush pigs grow large canine tusks that can be used in foraging and territorial battles.

Description

African Bushpig Skull Replica measures 14.5 inches. African Bushpig Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Made in USA. Cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen, male skull. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull. 

The African Bushpig or Potamochoerus larvatus has striking orange to reddish brown fur, with black legs and a tufted white stripe along the spine. Adults have white markings around the eyes and on the cheeks and jaws; the rest of the muzzle and face are a contrasting black.

The fur on the jaw and the flanks is longer than that on the body, with the males having especially prominent facial whiskers. Unlike other species of pig native to tropical Africa, the entire body is covered in hair, with no bare skin visible.

The African Bushpig or Potamochoerus larvatus adults weigh 99 to 254 lb. and stand 22 to 31 in. tall, with a length of 39 to 57 in. The thin tail is 12 to 18 in. long and ends in a tuft of black hair. The ears are also long and thin, ending in tufts of white or black hair that may each 4.7 in. in length.

The African Bushpig or Potamochoerus larvatus boars are somewhat larger than sows, and have distinct conical protuberances on either side of the snout and rather small, sharp tusks.

The facial protuberances are bony and probably protect the boar’s facial tendons during head-to-head combat with other males.

African Bushpig or Potamochoerus larvatus often active during the day, but are primarily nocturnal or crepuscular. They typically live in small groups of approximately six to ten animals, composed of a single adult male, and a number of adult females and their young.

Much larger groups, some with over 30 individuals, have been noted in particularly favourable habitats. The boar defends its harem aggressively against predators, with leopards being a particularly common threat.

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Additional information

Weight 17 lbs
Dimensions 14.5 in
African bushpig Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Genus: Potamochoerus
Species: P. larvatus
Binomial name: Potamochoerus larvatus
Conservation status: Least concern