Linzey, Donald W. Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Virginia.
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Either of two Asian species of carnivores. There are two different species of pandas—the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca; Fig. 1) and the red or lesser panda (Ailurus fulgens). In the past, the exact classification of the two types of pandas was often debated by taxonomists. However, molecular genetic studies have confirmed that the giant panda is a member of the bear family Ursidae, whereas the red panda is assigned to the family Ailuridae. See also: Bear; Carnivora; Mammalia
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