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- proper n. A taxonomic suborder within the order Carnivora — the land carnivores.
The Fissipedia offer an instructive example, for while the Otariidae have the hind feet turned forward and can move on land somewhat like ordinary Mammals, the Phocidae cannot move their hind legs independently or turn them forward, and can only drag themselves about on land for short distances.
We now come to the third group of the musteline animals, the most aquatic of all the Fissipedia -- the _Lutridae_ or Otters -- of which there are two great divisions, the common Otters (_Lutra_) and the
_Fissipedia_ (split-feet) or land Carnivora, and the _Pinnipedia_
This covers the Fissipedia (terrestrial forms) and Pinnipedia (marine forms).