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  1. Spheniscidae, family Spheniscidaenoun

    comprising all existing penguins


  1. spheniscidae

    Penguins (order Sphenisciformes , family Spheniscidae ) are a group of aquatic flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere: only one species, the Galápagos penguin, is found north of the Equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sea life which they catch with their bills and swallow it whole while swimming. A penguin has a spiny tongue and powerful jaws to grip slippery prey.They spend roughly half of their lives on land and the other half in the sea. The largest living species is the emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): on average, adults are about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (77 lb). The smallest penguin species is the little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor), also known as the fairy penguin, which stands around 30–33 cm (12–13 in) tall and weighs 1.2–1.3 kg (2.6–2.9 lb). Today, larger penguins generally inhabit colder regions, and smaller penguins inhabit regions with temperate or tropical climates. Some prehistoric penguin species were enormous: as tall or heavy as an adult human. There was a great diversity of species in subantarctic regions, and at least one giant species in a region around 2,000 km south of the equator 35 mya, during the Late Eocene, a climate decidedly warmer than today.


  1. spheniscidae

    Spheniscidae is the scientific term for the family of birds known more commonly as penguins. They are characterized by their flightless nature, unique black and white coloration, and their habitation of the Southern Hemisphere, specifically Antarctica. They are adapted for life in the ocean with streamlined bodies and strong flippers for swimming.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spheniscidae

    The sole family in the order Sphenisciformes, comprised of 17 species of penguins in six genera. They are flightless seabirds of the Southern Hemisphere, highly adapted for marine life.

Editors Contribution

  1. Spheniscidae

    A type of bird.

    The penquins are a type of bird.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 1, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spheniscidae in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Spheniscidae in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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