Amazonian Manatee Skull Replica


The Amazonian manatee occurs throughout the Amazon river basin as well as many of its tributaries. This species is the smallest of the sirenians, the order that includes all manatees and the dugong.

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Amazonian Manatee Skull Replica measures 12.9x 9.4 x 12.5 inches. Amazonian Manatee Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. 2-part skull (separate cranium & jaw). Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

Amazonian Manatee or Trichechus inunguis is a species of manatee that lives in the Amazon Basin in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. It has thin, wrinkled brownish or gray colored skin, with fine hairs scattered over its body and a white chest patch.

Amazonian manatees or Trichechus inunguis are large, cylindrically shaped mammals, with forelimbs modified into flippers, no free hind-limbs, and the rear of the body in the form of a flat, rounded, horizontal paddle.

The flexible flippers are used for aiding motion over the bottom, scratching, touching and even embracing other manatees, and moving food into and cleaning the mouth.

The manatee’s upper lip is modified into a large bristly surface, which is deeply divided. Amazonian manatees or Trichechus inunguis can move each side of the lips independently while feeding.

The general coloration is grey, and most Amazonian manatees have a distinct white or bright pink patch on the breast.

The Amazonian manatees feed on a variety of aquatic macrophytes, including aroids, Pistia, grasses, bladderworts, hornworts, water lilies, and water hyacinths. They are also known to eat palm fruits that fall into the water.

Maintaining a herbivorous diet, the manatee has a similar post-gastric digestive process to that of the horse. The manatee consumes approximately 8 percent of its body weight in food per day.

The Amazonian manatee or Trichechus inunguis is completely aquatic and never leaves the water. It is the only manatee to occur exclusively in freshwater environments.

The Trichechus inunguis favors backwater lakes, oxbows, and lagoons with deep connections to large rivers and abundant aquatic vegetation.

Trichechus inunguis are mainly solitary but sometimes they will gather in small groups consisting of up to eight individuals. Trichechus inunguis engage in long seasonal movements, moving from flooded areas during the wet season to deep water-bodies during the dry season.

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Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12.9 × 9.4 × 12.5 in
Amazon Manatee Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Sirenia
Family: Trichechidae
Genus: Trichechus
Species: T. inunguis
Binomial name: Trichechus inunguis
Conservation status: Vulnerable