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Skinner, J.D.; Smithers, R.H.N., 1990. The mammals of the southern African subregion, new edition. Pretoria, University of Pretoria, pp. i-xxxii, 1-771

Location: World
Subject: Taxonomy - Taxa
Species: African Rhino Species

Original text on this topic:
Some characteristic features which serve to distinguish them from their near relative, the white rhinoceros, Ceratotheriurn simum, include their possession of a prehensile upper lip (Fig. 296.1), which is used in grasping the twigs of the woody plants on which they feed, the shorter head, longer neck and smaller, rounded ears. The outline of the back is also different in the two species, the black rhinoceros lacking the nuchal hump, which is a well developed and obvious feature of the white rhinoceros (Fig. 296.2). The black rhinoceros carries its shorter head higher than the white rhinoceros.

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