African Dylanus

This male African dylanus is trying to find fruit from this tree.

The African Dylanus is indigenous to savannahs of Africa. It resembles an American common dylanus, but with fat-storing lumps on its back to be used as food in case of likely droughts, Dylanus Edwienus-like legs to escape from most predators (including lions, nandi bears, wolves, hyenas, African wild dogs, and jackals (except cheetahs), and bumps on its cheeks (only found in males) to attract its mate. It is often mistaken for an ape due to its mouth structure, but is actually not an ape and is not even a primate, but part of a Dylanusid superfamily, and its mouth is a result from a convergent evolution. It feeds on fruit, insects, fish, lizards, bird eggs, carrion, and small mammals.
African Dylanus
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Felidae
  • Superfamily: Dylanusids
  • Genus: Dylanus
  • Species: Robumy
  • Scientific Name: Dylanus Robumy