Other Physical Features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry
Life History and Behavior
Perception Channels: tactile ; chemical
Key Reproductive Features: gonochoric/gonochoristic/dioecious (sexes separate); sexual
Evolution and Systematics
The spine of a sloth supports its body weight under tension via curved shape.
"The sloth spends most of its life hanging upside-down from branches. Its skeleton therefore has to cope with tension rather than compression. When it leaves its tree, its belly drags on the ground, because its curved spine is designed to support its body weight from below, not from above, and its legs are too weak to support it." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:37)
Learn more about this functional adaptation.
- Foy, Sally; Oxford Scientific Films. 1982. The Grand Design: Form and Colour in Animals. Lingfield, Surrey, U.K.: BLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London. 238 p.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:12
Specimens with Barcodes:8
Species With Barcodes:3
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