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Non-fish Identification: Find Species

Family: Phocidae (See list of species below)

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18 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)

Cystophora cristata
[hooded seal]

Erignathus barbatus
[bearded seal]

Halichoerus grypus
[grey seal]

Histriophoca fasciata
[ribbon seal]

Hydrurga leptonyx
[leopard seal]

Leptonychotes weddellii
[Weddell seal]

Lobodon carcinophaga
[crabeater seal]

Mirounga angustirostris
[northern elephant seal]

Mirounga leonina
[southern elephant seal]

Monachus monachus
[Mediterranean monk seal]

Monachus schauinslandi
[Hawaiian monk seal]

Monachus tropicalis
[West Indian monk seal]

Ommatophoca rossii
[ross seal]

Pagophilus groenlandicus
[harp seal]

Phoca largha
[larga seal]

Phoca vitulina
[Harbour seal]

Pusa caspica
[Caspian seal]

Pusa hispida
[ringed seal]
18 Species of Family Phocidae
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Cystophora cristata hooded seal Atlantic Ocean and the Ar 260 TL
Erignathus barbatus bearded seal Pacific Northwest, Pacifi 250 TL
Halichoerus grypus grey seal Northeast Atlantic and At 230 TL
Histriophoca fasciata ribbon seal Pacific Ocean, Black Sea 180 TL
Hydrurga leptonyx leopard seal Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 360 TL
Leptonychotes weddellii Weddell seal Indo-Pacific, Southern At 330 TL
Lobodon carcinophaga crabeater seal Indo-Pacific, Southern At 260 TL
Mirounga angustirostris northern elephant seal Eastern Pacific. 500 TL
Mirounga leonina southern elephant seal Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Oc 685 TL
Monachus monachus Mediterranean monk seal Eastern Atlantic and the 280 TL
Monachus schauinslandi Hawaiian monk seal Pacific Ocean. 240 TL
Monachus tropicalis West Indian monk seal Western Central Atlantic. 240 TL
Ommatophoca rossii ross seal Southern Atlantic, Indo-P 240 TL
Pagophilus groenlandicus harp seal Atlantic Ocean and the Ar 190 TL
Phoca largha larga seal Pacific Ocean and the Arc 170 TL
Phoca vitulina Harbour seal Atlantic Ocean, Pacific O 190 TL
Pusa caspica Caspian seal Asia and Northeast Atlant 150 TL
Pusa hispida ringed seal Northeast Atlantic, Atlan 165 TL

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