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M3#174_UZNH 17973

Endocast surface of the semicircular canals and cochlea of the harbor seal, Phoca vitulina.

Data citation: Latimer A. E., Loza C. M., Sánchez-Villagra M. R., Carlini A. A., 2017. M3#174_UZNH 17973. doi: 10.18563/m3.sf.174

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Specimen infos
Collection : University of Zürich/Zoological Museum, Switzerland

Inventory number : UZNH 17973

Sex : male

Age group : Adult

Age (if applicable) :

Material Type : Skull

Origin : Zurich Zoo

Class : Mammalia

Order : Carnivora

Family : Phocidae

Genus : Phoca

Species :vitulina

Skull from Zürich Zoo, euthanized 18 April 1997, male , 25 years old

Related article
Supplemental information for "Sensory anatomy of the most aquatic of carnivorans: the Antarctic Ross seal, and convergences with other mammals".
Ashley E. Latimer, Cleopatra M. Loza, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra and Alfredo A. Carlini
Published online: 2017-11-23

Keywords: aquatic; Inner ear; Ommatophoca rossi; Phoca; semicircular canals

doi: 10.18563/m3.3.4.e7


    Here, the semicircular canals of the most aquatic seal, the rare Antarctic Ross Seal (Ommatophoca rossii), are presented for the first time, along with representatives of every species in the Lobodontini: the leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx), Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii), and crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus). Because encounters with wild Ross seal are rare, and few specimens are available in collections worldwide, this dataset increases accessibility to a rare species. For further comparison, we present the bony labyrinths of other carnivorans, the elephant seal (Mirounga leonina), harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), South American sea lion (Otaria byronia). 

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Published in Volume 03, Issue 04 (2017)