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Lions are the only cat species that forms social groups. All other cats are lone hunters. The social groups lions form are called prides. A pride of lions typically includes about five females and two males and their young.
Pertaining to the lips.
"A long, slender shape like a thin leaf." (Source: Sibley)
Immature form of some animals that undergo radical transformation to attain the adult form.
Last Common Ancestor
The most recent known common ancestor of a set of lineages or taxa.
Pertaining to the side.
"Associated with an extreme for of polygyny (lekking) in which males gather in tiny territories to display to visiting females, who select males for copulation." (Source: Sibley)
A series of stages through which an animal develops as it progresses from birth to reproductive maturity.
"An aeorodynamic force that moves a bird off the ground and keeps it in the air; produced by air moing around and past the airfoil formed by the wings." (Source: Sibley)
"A shallow-water habitat found immediately along the coasts or edges of lakes and oceans." (Source: Sibley)
Of an animal that gives birth to nonates, rather than lays eggs
"A nest-like structure built by coots and waterfowl where young can rest out of the water." (Source: Sibley)
"The area between the eyes and the base of the bill." (Source: Sibley)
An internal chamber specialized for gas exchange in an animal.