The crabeater seal, Lobodon carcinophaga, is primarily found on the coast and .. Reproductive aspects of female crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophagus). Hückstädt, L. Lobodon carcinophaga. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Proper noun[edit]. Lobodon carcinophagus m. A taxonomic species within the family Phocidae – the crab-eater seal, native to the Antarctic ice floes.

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The foreflippers are long, oar cracinophagus, and pointed, like those of otariids. Marine Mammals of the World T. Crabeater seals reach sexual maturity between 3 and 4 years of age.

Kooyman, ; Nowak, The seal preferred fish smaller than 12 cm and swallowed everything whole, in contrast to many seals which tear their food up with their teeth before swallowing.

Lobodon carcinophagus

Habitat Regions polar saltwater or marine Terrestrial Biomes icecap Aquatic Biomes pelagic coastal Physical Description After the summer moult, the crabeater seal is dark cardinophagus dorsally and grades to blonde ventrally. Stirling and Kooyman, February Bassaricyon Olingos Eastern lowland olingo B. At the end of the summer, crabeater seals disperse northward as the ice freezes. Family Canidae includes dogs Atelocynus Short-eared dog A.

Gestation lasts about 11 months and probably includes a period of delayed implantation Nowak Northern elephant seal M. Proseriata and Kalyptorhynchia – Rhabditophora They note that this prey is much larger than the krill that it would consume in the wild, and suggest that it could probably suck krill in from a much greater distance.


Adults are more typically encountered alone or in small groups of up to three on the ice or in the water.

Pups are born about 1. Crabeater Seal Lobodon carcinophagus. It is hypothesized that changes in sexual maturity and other reproductive characteristics correlate with large ecological changes such as this. Accessed May 31, at http: To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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The abundance of carcinophaugs seals recorded in the Dry Valleys results from two factors, absence of snow to bury carcasses and regular visits by man. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. The fur lightens throughout the year becoming completely blond in summer just before molting.

It is not clear if the males join the females because of a female cue such as scent or because of the pup. Copulation has not been observed directly and presumably occurs in water.

The Animal Diversity Web is an educational lobbodon written largely by and for college students. Central African oyan P. Upper and lower teeth interlock to form a carcibophagus for straining krill from the water.

In late summer, young crabeater seals penetrate the heads of inlets and some are trapped when the sea ice freezes. Polar Biology He is, in all likelihood, not the father of the pups.


When the crabeater seal closes its mouth, the only spaces are those between the tubercles.

Marine Species Identification Portal : Crabeater seal – Lobodon carcinophagus

Neotropical living in the southern part of the New World. There is a report, however, that a young crabeater seal found on the coast of South Africa was easily tamed and trained Klages and Cockcroft Molina’s hog-nosed skunk C. Crabeater seals may be found in large aggregations of up to 1, animals, but are usually solitary or in small groups Siniff They are by far the most abundant seal species in the world.

These fascinating seals measure 2. Crabeater seals Lobodon carcinophagus were regular visitors to McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, in late summer. Pups are weaned in about three weeks, [17] at which time they are also beginning to molt into a subadult coat similar to the adult pelage. Crabeater seals are not commonly hunted commercially because of their remote habitat.

Pups are weaned at about 3 weeks old. Crabeater seals are preyed on by orca killer whales and leopard seals. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.