Phocidae


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Phocidae

[′fō·sə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The seals, a pinniped family of carnivoran mammals in the superfamily Canoidea.
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Mae'r morlo llwyd yn perthyn i'r grwp o forloi heb glustiau sydd weithiau'n cael eu galw'n 'forloi go iawn (Phocidae).
(%) Sea turtles 7 6 (86%) Seabirds 312 51 (16%) Sphenisciformes (penguins) 16 6 (38%) Podicipediformes (grebes) 19 2 (10%) Procellariiformes (albatrosses, petrels 99 10 (10%) and shearwaters) Pelicaniformes (pelicans, boobies, gannets, cormorants, 51 11 (22%) frigate birds, and tropic birds) Choradriiformes (shorebirds, skuas, 122 22 (18%) gulls, terns, and auks) Other birds -- 5 Marine mammals 115 32 (28%) Mysticeti (baleenwhales) 10 6 (60%) Odontoceti (toothedwhales) 65 5 (8%) Otariidae (fur seals 14 11 (79%) and sea lions) Phocidae (true seals) 19 8 (42%) Sirenia (manatees and 4 1 (25%) dugongs) Mustellidae (sea 1 1 (100%) otters) Fish -- 34 Crustaceans -- 8 Squid -- 0 Species total -- 136 Ingestion One or Records, Both Types No.
Example 1: The name Pinnipedia is traditionally applied to a group composed of sea lions (Oatriiidae), walruses (Odobenidae), and seals (Phocidae).
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), gray seals (Halichoerus grypus), harp seals (Phoca groenlandica), and hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) are all "true seals" of the family Phocidae, and should not be confused with the sea lions commonly seen at zoos or in aquarium shows.
Pinnepeds are classified into three families: Otariidae (eared seals) Phocidae (true, or earless seals), and Odobenidae (walruses) Otariids are divided into two sub families: Arctocephaline (fur seals) and Otariiae (sea lions).