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There are 14 groups of mammals present in the Arctic, and each is more interesting than the last. We have compiled a list of Arctic mammals that you would most likely encounter in the North. Please click below to learn more about each group, and each unique species.
 
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Revision as of 19:18, 28 October 2019

Mammals

Mammals are warm-blooded animals which are partially or completely covered with fur. They give birth to live young, which means that mammals also have mammary glands so they can produce milk for offspring.[1] Mammals play an extremely important role in ecosystems; either acting as prey for other organisms, or predators which regulate prey populations.[2]

The term mammal is rather recent and was proposed by Linnaeus in 1758 in the final edition of his book, Systema Naturae. He derived the term mammalia from the words for breast and animal (mamma + animalia = mammalia). From this derived the vernacular English term "mammal". Basically, members of the class Mammalia are distinguished from other animals by the possession of mammary glands and hair. Mammals owe some of their evolutionary success to endothermy, their ability to produce and control body heat internally. However, mammals are distinct in many other ways as well.

This section delves into countless amazing facts about Arctic mammals, their biology, hunting and trapping regulations, and Inuit legends, cultures, and languages regarding mammals. Please explore the pages below to learn more about different Arctic mammals!

Northern Mammals

There are 14 groups of mammals present in the Arctic, and each is more interesting than the last. We have compiled a list of Arctic mammals that you would most likely encounter in the North. Please click below to learn more about each group, and each unique species.

To see a full list of marine mammals identified in the Arctic, please click here. Similarly, a list for terrestrial Arctic animals can be found here.

Cool Facts

The most expensive wool in the world is called qiviut and it belongs to the muskox...

Browse below to read more about this and other cool facts about Arctic mammals.

Biology

Mammals are extremely interesting and unique animals. If you would like to learn about the biology of mammals, browse the three topics below.

Taxonomy

Biologists always try to group similar animals into easily recognized groups, and there is no exception for mammals. To learn more about the history and members of each group, please click below.


Mammalia

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Cetacea.jpg

Cloven-Hooved Mammals The deer of all lands (1898) Scandinavian reindeer white background.png

Carnivores USSR stamp Walrus 1977 (white background).png

Bats Vampire bat white background.jpg

Shrews, Moles and Hedgehogs Mole white background.jpg

Rodents Ruskea rotta.png

Hares and Rabbits Bruno Liljefors - Hare studies 1885 white background.jpg

Primates Human evolution.svg

References

  1. Canadian Wildlife Foundation. (2019). Mammals. Retrieved from http://www.hww.ca/en/wildlife/mammals/.
  2. Canadian Wildlife Foundation. (2019). All About Mammals. Retrieved from http://cwf-fcf.org/en/resources/encyclopedias/fauna/mammals/all-about-mammals.html.