Hippopotamus (genus)

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Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Hippopotamidae
Genus: Hippopotamus
Linnaeus, 1758

Hippopotamus is the name of a genus consisting of one extant species, Hippopotamus amphibius, also known as the Hippopotamus, and several extinct species. It belongs to the family Hippopotamidae, which also includes the Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) and a number of extinct genera.


The species of the genus Hippopotamus include: