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Prehensile


Binturong
A Binturong has a prehensile tail.


Prehensile describes an appendage or organ that has the ability to curl around objects and grip them.


The word Prehensile is derived
from the Latin prehendere which means to grasp.


Appendages that can become prehensile include:
feet (primates), claws (cats), tails (primates, lizards), tongue (giraffes), nose (elephants, tapirs) and lips (rhinoceros, lake sturgeon)


Associated terms: Prehensility

 


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