Natural Selection and Biological Exemplars

The Ceratotherium simum smallis species, which is thought to be a recently found variety of the white rhino, are the creatures of interest in this situation. This species of creatures will be discussed in a manner that considers all pertinent classificational factors.
Due to its diminutive size or look, the Ceratotherium simum smallis is also known as the minute rhino (van Baalen, Minus, and philippe Huneman, 217). This species’ creatures are members of the Kingdom Animalia. Chordata is their phylum, followed by Mammalia (class), Perissodactyla (order), Rhinocerotidae (family), and Ceratotherium (genus). This particular group of animals belongs to the simum species, and they are further divided into the smallis subspecies. Biologically, these rhinos are relatively similar to the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). The salience, however, arises from their difference in size. The Ceratotherium simum smallis species include white rhinos which are very small in size, having a height of 0.5 – 1 m, and about 2.25 – 3.00 m long. They weigh less, at about 1200-1700 kg, their females are smaller.

Evolutionary adaptations

Following the risk of extinction, the rhinos are believed to have evolved to survive. Their reduced size discourages poachers from hunting them down for purposes of selling some of their products. In this manner, they could survive the extinction risks that are currently high (van Baalen, Minus, and philippe Huneman, 306). Their unique characteristic is their enormous reduction in size, and this is hence their only salient feature. Otherwise, they possess the same characteristics as those of the white rhinoceros.

Works Cited

van Baalen, Minus, and Philippe Huneman. “Organisms As Ecosystems/Ecosystems As Organisms.” Biological Theory, vol 9, no. 4, 2014, pp. 357-360. Springer Nature, doi:10.1007/s13752-014-0194-7.

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