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Phascolarctos cinereus - Koala. Laura Cattaneo. Classification Information. Common Name: Koala Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus Kingdom Name: Animilia Phylum Name: Phascolarcidae Class Name: Mammalia. Common Characteristics. Evolutionary advantage

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classification information
Classification Information
  • Common Name: Koala
  • Scientific Name: Phascolarctos cinereus
  • Kingdom Name: Animilia
  • Phylum Name: Phascolarcidae
  • Class Name: Mammalia
common characteristics
Common Characteristics
  • Evolutionary advantage
    • Have powerful bit force to eat eucalyptus leaves
    • Loud and complex vocalization
      • This is a trait the most marsupials have
  • Symmetry
    • bilateral
  • Body cavity
    • Coelomates
  • Type of organism
    • Parasitic
    • Herbivore
    • Terrestrial
  • Type of Segmentation
    • Coelomate
      • Head, Thorax, Abdomen
life cycle reproduction
Life Cycle/Reproduction
  • Average life span
    • Can live up to 20 years
    • Typically one offspring per year
      • Produce offspring up to 12 times
  • Reproduction
    • Sexual

Adult

Grandparent

Newborn

Teenager

description of habitat niche
Description of Habitat/Niche
  • Habitat
    • Eucalypt forests
      • Australia
    • Coastal islands
    • Not in rainforests as many people assume
    • Need other koalas to survive
  • Diet
    • Eucalyptus leaves
    • Sometimes other trees
      • Wattle tea tree
      • Paperbark
    • Gum leaves
      • For water
special characterists
Special Characterists
  • Physical Characteristics
    • Large ears
    • Round belly
    • Toes
  • Interesting Behavior
    • Live in trees
  • Conservation
    • Not currently endangered
      • Has been endangered in past
        • Fur was used to make clothing
        • Forest was destroyed
video
Video
  • Click on the link to enjoy a video of a koala crossing a road in Magnet Island, Australia
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMclDlz3d14
works cited
Works Cited

"ADW: Phascolarctos Cinereus: Pictures." Animal Diversity

Web. Web. 03 May 2011. <http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/pictures/Phascolarctos_cinereus.html>.

"Koala ( Phascolarctos Cinereus ) - Koala Information –

Koala Facts, Pictures, Photos - WildAnimalsOnline.com." Wild Animals Online - An Online Encyclopedia of Wild Animals - Facts, Photos, Pictures, Information. Web. 03 May 2011. <http://www.wildanimalsonline.com/mammals/koala.php>.

"Koala Bear - Phascolarctos Cinereus." Blue Planet Biomes.

Web. 03 May 2011. <http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/koala_bear.htm>.

"Light Shed on Koala Evolution." PhysOrg.com - Science News, Technology, Physics, Nanotechnology, Space Science, Earth Science, Medicine. Web. 09 May 2011. <http://www.physorg.com/news184308529.html>.