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Carnivora

Carnivora
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Families
Canidae
Procyonidae
Ursidae
Mustelidae
Mephitidae
Felidae
Viverridae
Herpestidae
Hyaenidae
The diverse order Carnivora includes about 230 placental mammals. While the Giant Panda is a herbivore, nearly all others eat meat as their primary diet item: some (such as the cat family) almost exclusively, others (like the bears and foxes) are omnivorous. Members of the Carnivora have a characteristic skull shape, and their dentition includes prominent canines and carnassials.

Some authorities also list a number of marine mammals in Carnivora, in which case the order includes over 260 species. Alternatively, they are listed as a separate order:



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