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Turmis

The insectivorous turmi digs for food with its clawed front hooves and tusks.

The turmi, Formicederus paladens, is an almost anteater-like suine suid from the forest floor of African tropical forests. Feeding principally on ubiquitous termites, the turmi is one of the few large mammals found on the African rainforest floor. A close relative is the zarander.

It is descended from the giant forest hogs that were once common in this environment. In the turmi the tusks of the upper jaw are projected forwards, elongating the snout still further, and have turned outwards to produce strong pick-like instruments with which it digs into termite mounds. The lower jaw has lost all its teeth and musculature and the mouth has diminished to a tiny hole through which sticks out its ribbon-like tongue to gather termites.

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