Asinus

Asinus, commonly known as asses, is a subgenus of Equus (single-toed (hooved) grazing animal) that encompasses several species of Equidae characterized by long ears, a lean, straight-backed build, lack of a true withers, a coarse mane and tail, and a reputation for considerable toughness and endurance.

The common donkey or "ass" is the best-known representative of the subgenus, with both domesticated and feral varieties, ranging in size from the small burro to the horse-sized "Mammoth Jack" American donkey, the French Poitou donkey and other donkey breeds. There is not a formal cutoff between the terminology "donkey", "burro" and "ass", Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys (under 9 hands) are "donkeys", small and standard sized donkeys are called "burros" or "donkeys" and large donkeys (over 13.2 hands) are "donkeys", "Jackass" or "Ass". Males are called a "jack", gelding males are "john", females are "jennies" or "jennets".

A mule, is a hybrid animal produced by a jack donkey mated with a mare horse. A hinny is a the offspring of a stallion horse mated with a jenny donkey.

Wild asses include a number of truly wild (never domesticated) species of Asinus that live in Asia and Africa.

Read more about Asinus:  Taxonomy

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Asinus - Taxonomy
... Genus Equus Subgenus Asinus African Wild Ass, Equus africanus Nubian Wild Ass, Equus africanus africanus Somali Wild Ass, Equus africanus somalicus Atlas Wild Ass, †Equus africanus ...
Asinine - Scientific and Common Names
... the scientific name for the donkey is Equus asinus asinus based on the principle of priority used for scientific names of animals ... name for the donkey is Equus africanus asinus when it is considered a subspecies, and Equus asinus when it is considered a species ...
African Wild Ass - Taxonomy
... The species name for the African wild ass is sometimes given as asinus, from the domestic donkey, whose specific name is older and usually would have priority ... africanus asinus ... first published name for the African wild ass, Asinus africanus Fitzinger, 1858, is a nomen nudum ...
Donkey - Scientific and Common Names
... the scientific name for the donkey is Equus asinus asinus based on the principle of priority used for scientific names of animals ... means that the proper scientific name for the donkey is Equus africanus asinus when it is considered a subspecies, and Equus asinus when it is considered a species ...
Evolution Of The Horse - Modern Horses - Equus
... (Asinus)), including the kulan, onager, and kiang), followed by the African zebras (subgenera E ... (Asinus) cf ... (Asinus) (and hence occasionally referred to as North American ass) is closely related to E ...