Curtin, Charles B. Department of Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
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A large, odd-toed ungulate belonging to the genus Tapirus in the mammalian family Tapiridae. Tapirs are perissodactyls (odd-toed ungulates belonging to the mammalian order Perissodactyla) of the genus Tapirus in the family Tapiridae. These animals, with five extant species, have a discontinuous distribution in South America and Asia. See also: Mammalia; Perissodactyla; Zoogeography
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