Friday, March 12, 2010

FINLAND - A moose, typical wild animal of the country


MOOSE range map

The moose (North America) or common European elk (Europe), Alces alces, is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a "twig-like" configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.

In Europe, moose are found in large numbers throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic States. They are also widespread through Russia. Small populations remain in Poland (Biebrza Nat. Park), Belarus and the Czech Republic.

Scientific classification :

Phylum : Chordata
Classe : Mammalia
Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Cervidae
Subfamily : Capreolinae
Genus : Alces


Postcard sent by Helka, as "elo-veena"
Postcrossing - Reference FI-760554

The card is showing a moose, typical wild animal in Finland.


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