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Vertebrates

Vertebrates are members of the subphylum Vertebrata, chordates with backbones and spinal columns. About 58,000 species of vertebrates have been currently described. Vertebrata is the largest subphylum of chordates, and contains many familiar groups of large land and marine animals. Vertebrates are the animals from the groups of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds. Source: Wikipedia


Fishes

A fish
is any gill-bearing aquatic vertebrate (or craniate) animal that lacks limbs with digits. Included in this definition are the living hagfish, lampreys, and cartilaginous and bony fish, as well as various extinct related groups. Because the term is defined negatively, and excludes the tetrapods (i.e., the amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) which descend from within the same ancestry, it is paraphyletic.
The traditional term pisces (also ichthyes) is considered a typological, but not a phylogenetic classification. Most fish are "cold-blooded", or ectothermic, allowing their body temperatures to vary as ambient temperatures change. Fish are abundant in most bodies of water. They can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, from high mountain streams (e.g., char and gudgeon) to the abyssal and even hadal depths of the deepest oceans (e.g., gulpers and anglerfish). At 31,900 species, fish exhibit greater species diversity than any other class of vertebrates.
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Fish in Zambia:

Amphibians

Amphibians
(class Amphibia, from Amphi- meaning "on both sides" and -bios meaning "life"), such as frogs, salamanders, and caecilians, are ectothermic (or cold-blooded) animals that metamorphose from a juvenile water-breathing form, either to an adult air-breathing form, or to a paedomorph that retains some juvenile characteristics. Source: Wikipedia

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Reptiles

Reptiles
are animals in the (Linnaean) class Reptilia. They are characterized by breathing air, laying shelled eggs, and having skin covered in scales and/or scutes. Reptiles are classically viewed as having a "cold-blooded" metabolism. They are tetrapods (either having four limbs or being descended from four-limbed ancestors. Source: Wikipedia

Reptiles in Zambia:

Birds

Birds
(class Aves) are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), egg-laying, vertebrate animals. There are around 10,000 living species, making them the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. Source: Wikipedia

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Mammals

Mammals
(formally Mammalia) are members of a class of air-breathing vertebrate animals characterized by the possession of hair, three middle ear bones, and mammary glands functional in mothers with young. Most mammals also possess sweat glands and specialized teeth, and the largest group of mammals, the placentals, have a placenta which feeds the offspring during gestation. Source: Wikipedia

Mammals occurring in Zambia:




Lamprophis fuliginosus
Lamprophis fuliginosus

Hyperolius
Hyperolius

tortoise
tortoise

Tree Pangolin
Tree Pangolin

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