| Bactrian camel|
Camelid refers to several species of the order Artiodactyla, suborder Tylopoda, and characterized from other species of that order by the presence of padded feet instead of true hooves. Representing the family Camelidae, living species are in two genera: Camelus, the camels of Asia and Africa; and Lama, the South American llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco.
Camelids differ from other hoofed mammals of Artiodactyla in that the body load rests on sole pads, with the nail-end the only part of the hoof to actually contact the ground. The tensor skin, located between the thigh and body, and present on every other ungulate, is absent on camelids; the result is a long-legged, lanky appearance. In walking they use an ambling gait similar to bears, giraffes and elephants.
The neck is long and curved, the upper lip is cleft in the middle, in contrast to other Artiodactyla species.
- Family Camelidae
- Subfamily Camelinae