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Donkeys


  • When this heading is assigned, the second subject heading [Horse family (Mammals)] is also assigned, e.g., 1. Donkeys. 2. Horse family (Mammals)
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  • Variants

    • Asinus vulgaris
    • Burros
    • Domestic asses
    • Equus africanus asinus
    • Equus asinus
    • Equus asinus asinus
    • Equus asinus palaestinae
    • Feral burros
    • Feral donkeys
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  • Sources

    • found: Potter, Tessa. Donkeys, 1990(DLC)89026079
    • found: ITIS, viewed November 13, 2023(Equus asinus; Taxonomic rank: Species; Synonyms: Asinus vulgaris, Equus asinus asinus, Equus asinus palaestinae, Equus africanus asinus; Common names: Burro, Feral burro, Donkey; Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Subphylum: Vertabrata; Class: Mammalia; Order: Perissodactyla; Family: Equidae; Genus: Equus)
    • found: Britannica, viewed November 13, 2023(Donkey, (Equus asinus), domestic ass belonging to the horse family, Equidae, and descended from the African wild ass (Equus africanus); although the names donkey and burro are interchangeable, the term burro is widely used in the southwestern United States to describe small donkeys, burro being the word for donkey in the Spanish language. Feral donkeys, found in various parts of the world, are descendants of escaped or abandoned domestic animals.)
    • found: Merriam Webster, viewed November 13, 2023(donkey: the domesticated ass (Equus asinus))
    • found: EOL, viewed November 13, 2023(Ass; Feral donkey (Equus asinus) Articles (Brief summary: The domestic donkey is derived from the African Wild Ass, which used to range across much of northern Africa but now occupies a far more limited range in parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia and is a critically endangered species. Taxonomic treatments vary, but Rubenstein (2011) treats the African Wild Ass and the domestic donkey as two distinct species, Equus africanus and E. asinus, respectively.) Nomenclature (Traditionally, the scientific name for the donkey is Equus asinus asinus based on the principle of priority used for scientific names of animals. However, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature ruled in 2003 that if the domestic species and the wild species are considered subspecies of one another, the scientific name of the wild species has priority, even when that subspecies was described after the domestic subspecies.This means that the proper scientific name for the donkey is Equus africanus asinus when it is considered a subspecies and Equus asinus when it is considered a species.)
  • LC Classification

    • SF361-SF361.73
  • General Notes

    • When this heading is assigned, the second subject heading [Horse family (Mammals)] is also assigned, e.g., 1. Donkeys. 2. Horse family (Mammals)
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  • Change Notes

    • 2010-05-21: new
    • 2023-12-18: revised
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