Why are manatees called "sea cows"? Aren't cattle far more related to whales?

Whales and cattle both being members of the order Artiodactyla.

6 Answers

  • 1 month ago
    Best Answer

    "Sea cow" is just one of the few common names for Manatee, and a vegetarian.

    Has nothing to do with genetic hierarchy, A close relative is the aardvark.

    Just another marine mammal. Sad they often collide with boats causing injury.

  • MARK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Manatees are not sea cows. There is a species in its own right with the full common name of Steller's Sea Cow. Its scientific name is Hydroamalis gigas. It is in the same family (Dugongidae) as the Dugong, to which it is more closely related than the manatees (family Trichechidae). The Dugong (Dugong dugon) is also sometimes referred to as a sea cow.

  • oikoσ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Since when are common names related to relationships? Striped bass are unrelated to seabass which are unrelated to largemouth bass. The same is true of brook trout, brown trout, sea trout, and troutperch (neither trout nor perch). BTW, Both brook trout (a char) and sea trout (a weakfish) are commonly called "speckled trout" by some fishermen.

  • CRR
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Artiodactyla - even-toed ungulates are ungulates – hoofed animals.

    So just count the hooves.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    probably because of their size

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Manatees dugongs and sea cows are vegetarians. They are members of Afthrotheria, and their closest relatives are elephants. They are more closely related to aardvarks and the elephant shrew than they are to artiodactyls. Artiodactyls, whales, rodents, bats, primates, perissodacyls, rabbits, hares, and carnivores are all members of Boreoeutheria.

    • Travis1 month agoReport

      Cetacea is an infraorder within Artiodactyla.

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