Description

Crabeater Seal Skull Replica measures 11.0 inches. Crabeater Seal Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane Cast. Lobodon carcinophaga is the Crabeater seal scientific name. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Crabeater Seal or Lobodon carcinophaga, also known as the krill-eater seal, is a true seal with a circumpolar distribution around the coast of Antarctica.

They are medium to large sized, relatively slender and pale-colored, found primarily on the free-floating pack ice that extends seasonally out from the Antarctic coast, which they use as a platform for resting, mating, social aggregation and accessing their prey.

The Crabeater Seal or Lobodon carcinophaga are by far the most abundant seal species in the world. While population estimates are uncertain, there are at least 7 million and possibly as many as 75 million individuals. Despite its name, Crabeater seals do not eat crabs.

These seals are covered mostly by brown or silver fur, with darker coloration around flippers. The color fades throughout the year, and recently molted seals appear darker than the silvery-white crabeater seals that are about to molt. Crabeater Seals can raise their heads and arch their backs while on ice, and they are able to move quickly.

Pups are born with a light brown, downy fur, until the first molt at weaning. Younger animals are marked by net-like, chocolate brown markings and flecks on the shoulders, sides and flanks, shading into the predominantly dark hind and fore flippers and head.  After molting, their fur is a darker brown fading to blonde on their bellies. The fur lightens throughout the year, becoming completely blonde in summer.

Crabeater Seal or Lobodon carcinophaga have relatively slender bodies and long skulls and snouts. Their most distinctive adaptation is the unique dentition that enables this species to sieve Antarctic krill.

The Crabeater seal or Lobodon carcinophaga is a specialist predator on Antarctic krill, which comprise over 90 percent of the diet. There is little seasonality in their prey preference, but other prey items include cephalopods and diverse Antarctic fish species.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 11 in
Crabeater Seal Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Phocidae
Genus: Lobodon
Species: L. carcinophaga
Binomial name: Lobodon carcinophaga
Conservation status: Least concern

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