|MadSci Network: Genetics|
Whew! This was a hard one. I finally found the answer after searching for "diploid camelopardalis". The final answer is: No, giraffes do not have the largest number of chromosomes. They are listed as having 30. The animal with the largest number of chromosomes that I was able to find was the King Crab, with 208. Have fun with those 10th graders! Your Mad Scientist, S. Kohler very comprehensive list of chromosome numbers of many plant and animal species http://www.kean.edu/~breid/chrom2.htm#REF1. Chromosomal count of giraffe http://www.bionet.nsc.ru/chromosomes/artiodactyla/artioda2n.htm.
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