Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Female Skull Measures 6.9 inches or 18cm. The Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Female Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Scientific name is Arctocephalus tropicalis. UC Santa Cruz specimen cast of original specimen. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Sub-antarctic Fur Seal or Arctocephalus tropicalis is found in the southern parts of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans. The sub-antarctic fur seal is medium in size compared with other fur seals.

Both sexes have distinctive, creamy-orange chests and faces. Their bellies are more brownish. Males have a dark grey to black back. The females are lighter grey. Pups are black at birth, but molt at about 3 months old. The snout is short and flat. The flippers are short and broad.

Sub-antarctic fur seal or Arctocephalus tropicalis live for about 20–25 years. Sub-antarctic fur seals hunt in shallow waters at night, when small fish come close to the surface. They also feed on squid.

Sub-antarctic fur seal or Arctocephalus tropicalis are geographically widespread. As their name implies, they generally breed in more northerly locations than the Antarctic fur seals. The largest breeding colonies are on Gough Island in the South Atlantic and Île Amsterdam in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.

Breeding grounds are also found at Marion Island in the Prince Edward Islands (where an overlap with Antarctic fur seals occurs), the Crozet Islands, and Macquarie Island. Where grounds overlap, the sub-antarctic fur seal or Arctocephalus tropicalis species can be identified by the orange color on the chest.

About 300,000 of the species alive today, probably substantially down from when they were first discovered in 1810, as they were hunted for their pelts throughout the 19th century. Populations are recovering rapidly, though, in most areas whilst under the protection of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals.

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Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 6.9 in
Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Facts:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Otariidae
Genus: Arctocephalus
Species: A. tropicalis
Binomial name: Arctocephalus tropicalis
Conservation status: Least concern – A least concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation. They do not qualify as threatened, near threatened, or (before 2001) conservation dependent.


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