What is the difference between Asian and Indian elephants?


Date: 1996-10-31 from Stefanie Crisanto in USA

Question

What is the difference between Asian and Indian elephants? Are they in fact the same and which term is considered the correct name?

Answer

They are belonging to the same species, Elephas maximus. The common name nowadays is Asian elephant, but in the past they were called Indian elephant. So, in general, there is no difference. Since they occur from west India to China in the north, and Sumatra and Borneo in the east, Asian elephant is a better name than Indian elephant, which is better used for the indian subspecies

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