Rock Hyrax Skull Replica measures 3.2 inches. Rock Hyrax Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis, also called Cape hyrax, rock rabbit, and (in the King James Bible) coney, is a medium-sized terrestrial mammal native to Africa and the Middle East. Commonly referred to in South Africa as the Dassie, it is one of the five living species of the order Hyracoidea, and the only one in the genus Procavia. The Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis weigh between 9 to 11 lbs., and have short ears and tail.

The Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis is found at elevations up to 13,800 ft. in habitats with rock crevices allowing it to escape from predators. It is the only extant terrestrial afrotherian in the Middle East. Hyraxes typically live in groups of 10 to 80 animals, and forage as a group.

The Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis is squat and heavily built, adults reaching a length of 20 ins. and weighing around 8.8 lbs., with a slight sexual dimorphism, males being approximately 10 percent heavier than females. Their fur is thick and grey-brown, although this varies strongly between different environments: from dark brown in wetter habitats, to light gray in desert living individuals.

Prominent in and unique to Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis is the dorsal gland, which excretes an odor used for social communication and territorial marking. The gland is most clearly visible in dominant males.

The Rock hyrax or Procavia capensis has a pointed head, short neck, and rounded ears. They have long black whiskers on their muzzles. The rock hyrax has a prominent pair of long, pointed tusk-like upper incisors which are reminiscent of the elephant, to which the hyrax is distantly related. The forefeet are plantigrade, and the hind feet semi-digitigrade. The soles of the feet have large, soft pads that are kept moist with sweat-like secretions.

Hyraxes feed on a wide variety of different plants, including Lobelia and broad-leafed plants. They also have been reported to eat insects and grubs.

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Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 3.2 in
Rock Hyrax Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Hyracoidea
Family: Procaviidae
Genus: Procavia
Species: P. capensis
Binomial name: Procavia capensis
Conservation status: Least concern