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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Feeding behaviour of a captive crabeater seal. Recent research has revealed that crabeater seals can dive to m and for 11 minutes, although most feeding dives were much shallower and shorter.

Polar Biology They dive to feed carcinophgaus krill at night.

Crabeater seal – Wikipedia

The incidence of visible scars falls off significantly after the first year, suggesting leopard seals primarily target the young of the year. Galidia Ring-tailed mongoose G.

The carcinophgus may be able to suck the krill out from these unreachable areas. At this time of year, krill is mainly found in crevices and caverns. To cite this page: To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


Fisheries Technical Paper They are by far the most abundant seal species in the world.

Description & Behavior

Email alerts New issue alert. African wild dog L. Geographical Distribution The distribution of crabeater seals is tied to the seasonal fluctuations of the pack cagcinophagus.

Kooyman, ; Nowak, ; Siniff, et al. Small family listed below. Accessed May 31, at carconophagus It has been speculated that the population of crabeater seals is at an all time high due csrcinophagus the demise of the large stocks of krill -eating baleen whales. Adult males attend female-pup pairs until the female begins estrus one to two weeks after the pup is weaned before mating. If caught, it rolls over several times.

Broad-striped Malagasy mongoose G. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Most seals, however, successfully travel north to oceanic islands, Australia, South America, acrcinophagus even South Africa.

She defends herself by biting him on the neck and sides. Southern spotted skunk S. Crabeater seal Conservation status. 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.

While swimming, crabeaters have been known to engage in porpoising leaping entirely out of the water and spyhopping raising the body vertically out of the water for visual inspection behaviors. Kooyman, ; Siniff, et al. Mediterranean monk seal M.

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Crabeater seal

They are medium- to large-sized over 2 m in lengthrelatively carcinpohagus 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.

Journal of Mammalogy58 No. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. She becomes sexually receptive shortly after weaning and, unlike most seals, copulation appears to occur on the ice floes instead of in the water Shaughnessy and Kerry ; Siniff et al.

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Curiously, crabeater seals have been known to wander further inland than any other pinniped. While nursing, pups grow at a rate of about 4. They also tend to roll over to avoid being tackled by their predators. North American river otter L.