Wolverine (Gulo gulo) - ROM2004_941_5

ROM2004_941_5

Wolverine (Gulo gulo)

Date: Acquired on February 1, 1891
Dimensions:
length=32; width=11; height=17 inches
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassMammalia
    • OrderCarnivora
    • FamilyMustelidae
    • GenusGulo
    • SpecificEpithetgulo
Object number: 9102010008
On view
DescriptionThe wolverine is a large member of the weasel family (Mustelidae). It is related to skunks, weasels, otters, martens, fishers, and badgers. Like other mustelids, the wolverine possesses glands with heavy-scented fluid used for marking and defense. The wolverine is strong and ferocious; it will defend its food against a wolf or even a grizzly bear. The wolverine tracks its prey by its well developed sense of smell. Primarily a scavenger, the wolverine is an omnivore consuming a wide range of plants and animals. The wolverine's skeleton is one of a heavy-set carnivore. Characteristics such as the type and number of teeth and the shape of the skull separate mustelids easily from other carnivore families.
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