Biol 5535 and 4931 Tropical Rainforest Ecology Lecture 8: Neotropical Rainforest Mammals




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BIOL 5535 and 4931

Tropical Rainforest Ecology

Lecture 8: Neotropical Rainforest Mammals


  1. Introduction to mammals of the Amazon flooded forest

II. Taxonomic review of Amazon mammal groups



  1. Order Marsupiala: opossums (Marmosa, Didelphis)

  2. Order Xenarthra (Edentata)

  1. sloths (Bradypodidae and Megalonychidae)

  2. anteaters (Myrmecophagidae)

  3. armadillos (Dasypodidae)

  1. Order Insectivora: shrews and moles

  2. Order Chiroptera: bats

  3. Order Primates

  1. differences between old-world and new-world monkeys

  2. primarily arboreal

  3. seed dispersers

  4. two families

  1. Callitrichidae (marmosets and tamarins)

  2. Cebidae (monkeys)

  1. small monkey group

  1. medium sized monkey group

  2. large monkey group

  1. Order Carnivora

  1. Family Canidae (dogs)

  2. Family Procyonidae (raccoons, coati, kinkajou)

  3. Family Mustelidae (weasels, otters)

  4. Family Felidae (cats)

  1. Order Perissodactyla: tapirs (Brazilian tapir, Tapirus terrestris)

  2. Order Artiodactyla

  1. family Tayassuidae (peccary)

  2. family Cervidae (brocket deer)

  1. Order Rodentia (rats, agoutis, squirrels, paca, capybara)

  2. Order Sirenia, Family Trichechidae: Amazonian manatee

  3. Order Cetacea (dolphins)

III. Species diversity and distribution of Amazon lowland mammals







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