Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Ursidae
Genus Ailuropoda

Ailuropoda is a genus from the Ailuropodinae Subfamily Ursidae family in the Carnivora order. Only one species currently exists; the other four species are prehistoric . Despite its taxonomic classification as a carnivoran, the giant panda has a diet that is primarily herbivorous, which consists almost exclusively of bamboo.


Dwarf Panda, Ailuropoda microta 
†Ailuropoda wulingshanensisAiluropoda baconiAiluropoda minor
Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca,
Qinling Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca melanoleuca 
†Ailuropoda melanoleuca hastorni,

Other Pandas

Formerly, the red, or lesser, panda was considered closely related to giant pandas. It is no longer considered a bear, however, and is now classified as the sole living representative of a different carnivore family Ailuridae.

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