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West-Indian Manatee Tooth Replica measures 1x.5x.5 inches. West-Indian Manatee Tooth Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Trichechus manatus is the scientific name. Our precise tooth can be used as a teaching tool, museum tooth exhibit, home decor tooth, or office decor tooth. Sold individually.
The West-Indian manatee or Trichechus manatus or “sea cow”, also known as North American manatee, is the largest surviving member of the aquatic mammal order Sirenia.
West-Indian Manatees or Trichechus manatus are obligate herbivores, have developed vocal communication abilities, and are covered in highly sensitive vibrissae that are used for feeding and navigation. In breeding season, several males form mating herds around an individual female; on average, one calf is born to a female manatee every two to three years.
The average West-Indian manatee is about 8.9 to 11.5 feet long and weighs 440 to 1,320 lbs., with females generally larger than males. Manatees are estimated to live 50 years or more in the wild.
Since manatees are mammals, they breathe air, have warm blood, and produce milk. The West- Indian manatee or Trichechus manatus has adapted fully to aquatic life, having no hind limbs. Instead of hind limbs, the manatee has a spatula-like paddle for propulsion in the water. Manatees have evolved streamlined bodies which lack external ear flaps, thus decreasing resistance in the aquatic environment. Pelage cover is sparsely distributed across the body.
West-Indian Manatee skin or Trichechus manatus is gray but can vary in coloration due to algae and other biota, like barnacles, that opportunistically live on manatees. Scar tissue on manatees is white and persists for decades.
West-Indian Manatees or Trichechus manatus are obligate herbivores that feed on over 60 species of aquatic plants in both fresh and salt water. Seagrass is a staple of the manatee diet, particularly in coastal areas. In addition, when the tide is high enough, they will also feed on grasses and leaves.
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