Subantarctic fur seal
Order : Carnivora
Family : Otariidae
Species : Arctocephalus tropicalis
The Amsterdam island fur seal, subantarctic fur seal is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Namings for the Subantarctic fur sealA young / baby of a Subantarctic fur seal is called a 'pup'. The females are called 'cow' and males 'bull'. A Subantarctic fur seal group is called a 'pod, colony, crash, flock, harem, bob, herd, rookery, team or hurd'.
CountriesAustralia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Saint Helena and South Africa
Facts about the Subantarctic fur seal
World Range & HabitatThe Subantarctic fur seal, Arctocephalus tropicalis, is found on temperate islands in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans north of the Antarctic Polar Front.
Home > Natural Environment > Wildlife and Game > Mammals > Seals > Sub-antarctic Fur Seal Sub-antarctic Fur SealThe sub-antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis) is rarely seen in our waters but there have been several sightings of this species at Bass Strait Australian fur seal colonies during the 1990s. (Full text)
The Subantarctic fur seal is listed as an Appendix II species under CITES.
The subantarctic fur seal is predated upon by sharks and the killer whale.
Thankfully the Subantarctic Fur Seal is making a come back.
The adult coat of the Subantarctic fur seal is dark brown on the dorsal side, yellow on the chest.
Today, the Subantarctic fur seal is protected throughout its range under different acts and ordinances.
Physical description The Subantarctic Fur Seal is medium-sized compared with other fur seals.
Bester and van Jaarsveld (1994) have also reported that the subantarctic fur seal is smaller on Marion Island than it is at more northern latitudes. (Full text)
On the basis of that assessment, one species, the Subantarctic fur-seal, is considered to be endangered in Australian waters because of its small numbers.
History Adult male subantarctic fur seals are about 180 cm long and weigh about 165 kg.
Range Subantarctic Fur Seals are widespread geographically.
Subantarctic fur seals are comparable to South American fur seals in length and weight, but have a unique colour pattern on the chest and head, and (in males) a tuft of longer prominent guard hairs on the crown.
Can be contused with: Three otariids (New Zealand, Antarctic, and subantarctic fur seals) are known to occur in or
New Zealand fur seals, Australian sea lions and Subantarctic fur seals are among the animals which have been rescued, rehabilitated and released.
Subantarctic fur seals are considered endangered in Australian waters, and New Zealand fur seals and antarctic fur seals are each considered conservation dependent, according to IUCN criteria (Shaughnessy, 1999).
Subantarctic Fur Seals are widely distributed in the Southern Ocean at and north of (Full text)More animals beginning with S