Flat-Headed Kusimanse Skull Replica

Flat-Headed Kusimanse Skull Replica

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SKU: CADJL0042

Description

Flat-Headed Kusimanse Skull Replica measures 3.0 inches. Flat-Headed Kusimanse Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The flat-headed kusimanse or Crossarchus platycephalus is a mongoose species endemic to West African rainforests. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2008.

Flat-headed kusimanses or Crossarchus platycephalus range in length from 45 to 70 cm (nose to tail tip), and have a height from 18 to 20 cm (at shoulder). The mass ranges from 500 to 1000 g for females, and 900 to 1500 g for males. With the exception of body mass, there is no morphological character that reflects sexual dimorphism.

Flat-headed kusimanses or Crossarchus platycephalus are characterized by a long nose that extends past the lower lip by a considerable amount and have ears that are short and rounded. The pupils of the eyes are elongated in shape and are horizontally oriented. Consistent with the remaining Crossarchus species, both their fore and hind limbs possess five digits, the forelimbs are plantigrade and it is unclear whether the hind limbs are plantigrade or semi-digitigrade. The forefeet bear long claws ranging from 9 to 12 mm in length, the claws on hind feet are shorter. Both sexes have paired anal scent glands which are located in close proximity to the anus and females bear three pairs of nipples.

Flat-headed kusimanses or Crossarchus platycephalus, like the other members of the genus Crossarchus, have a total of 36 teeth. The fur of flat-headed kusimanses is grizzled in appearance, with brown-black fur tipped with lighter tones. They have a dense layer of underfur with guard hairs that ranges from 10 mm at the nape of the neck to 30 mm towards the base of the tail. They have fur whorls on the dorsal portion of the neck and sport a hair crest that is located between the ears and the nape of the neck.

Flat-headed kusimanses or Crossarchus platycephalus are primarily carnivores, but also feed on the fruits of African oil palms and Aspilia africana trees, which are common in habitats they occupy.

Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 3.0 in
Flat-Headed Cusimanse Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Herpestidae
Genus: Crossarchus
Species: C. platycephalus
Binomial name: Crossarchus platycephalus
Conservation status: Least concern

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