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morphology of a kangarooclick to hear

morphology of a kangaroo tail pouch thigh foot digit claw forelimb snout pinna fur hind limb

tail click to hear

Very muscular terminal appendage; it helps maintain equilibrium while jumping and, with the back legs, supports the body at rest.

pouch click to hear

Located on the female’s belly and having nipples; the newborn continues to develop inside it. In some species, the pouch is dorsal or absent.

thigh click to hear

Upper portion of the hind limb; its muscles provide the kangaroo with strong propulsion.

foot click to hear

Powerful terminal end of the limb bearing four digits; it supports the body and has a motor function.

digit click to hear

Articulated limb at the end of the foot. The kangaroo does not usually have a thumb. The 2nd and 3rd digits are fused, while the 4th digit ends in a strong sharp claw.

claw click to hear

Pointy sharp corneous structure used especially to scratch and claw adversaries during combat.

forelimb click to hear

Poorly developed articulated limb ending in five clawed digits; the kangaroo uses it to feed and to defend itself.

snout click to hear

Long front portion of the head having mainly a highly developed olfactory function.

pinna click to hear

Movable outer portion of the ear made of cartilage and located on the side of the head to capture sounds.

fur click to hear

Hair covering the body, mainly for maintaining body temperature; the fur insulates against cold and heat.

hind limb click to hear

Extremely muscular articulated limb ending in four digits allowing the kangaroo to move swiftly by powerful bounds and to strike its enemies.