whaleOrder Sirenia

Family Trichechidae

Scientific Name

Trichechus inunguis

Thumbnail Description

One of the smallest species of manatees—second only to dwarf manatee

Size and Weight

LENGTH: 76.0 –255.5 cm (males); 71.0–266.5 cm (females)

WEIGHT: 7.5–346.5 kg (males); 8.1–379.5 kg (females)

Habitat

Freshwater habitats

Distribution

Amazon Basin in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador

Diet

Herbivores; aquatic macrophytes, such as aroids, grasses, bladderwarts, hornworts, water lilies, water hyacinths

Reproduction

Unknown

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

30 years

Speed

Unknown

Sounds

Unknown

Behavior

Unknown

Conservation Status

Vulnerable