Procyonidae

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Procyonidae

Common Raccoon
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procyonidae
Genera

Bassaricyon
Bassariscus
Nasua
Nasuella
Potos
Procyon

Procyonidae is a family of Carnivora which includes the raccoons, coatis and others.

There is considerable uncertainty over the correct classification of several members. The Red Panda was previously classified in this family, but some experts, including Wilson and Reeder, classify it as a member of the bear family (Ursidae) or in its own family the Ailuridae. The status of the various olingos is disputed: they may all be better regarded as subspecies of Bassaricyon gabbi.

Because of their general build, the Procyonidae are often viewed as smaller cousins of the bear family. This is apparent in their German names: a racoon is called a 'Washbär' (washing bear, as he 'washes' his food before eating), a coati is a 'Nasenbär' (nose-bear) while a Kinkajou is a 'Honigbär' (honey-bear). Dutch language follows suit calling the animals 'Wasbeer', 'Neusbeer' and 'Honingbeer' respectively.


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