The Tapir (Tapirus) is an ungulate mammal native to Malaysia, South America and Central America. What do the teeth of a Tapir look like?
The Tapir has brachyodont teeth, which means that it has low-crowned teeth.
The Tapir also has lophodont teeth, which means that its cheek teeth have lophs (ridges).
The Tapir had 42-44 teeth, which is similar to the dentition of a horse. But the Tapir has chisel-shaped incisor teeth, and the horse does not.
The third large, conical upper incisor is separated by a gap from the other smaller canine teeth. There is a larger gap between its canine teeth and its pre-molar teeth.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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