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Common name: Pygmy Hippopotamus

Scientific Name: Choeropsis liberiensis


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Hippopotamidae

Genus: Choeropsis

Species: C. liberiensis

The pygmy hippo is the smaller, reclusive and nocturnal cousin to the more widely known common hippo.  The name hippopotamus derives from the Greek for ‘river horse’, and is a particularly apt description for the pygmy hippo, which spends much of its time resting in rivers or swamps.

Author: Vivian Y 

Published: 05/2009


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