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Endocast surface of the semicircular canals and cochlea of the leopard seal, Hydrurga leptonyx.

Data citation: Ashley E. Latimer Logo, Cleopatra M. Loza Logo, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra Logo and Alfredo A. Carlini, 2017. M3#285. doi: 10.18563/m3.sf.285

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Collection : Museo de La Plata

Inventory number : MLP 14.IV.48.11

Sex : indet

Age group : Adult

Age (if applicable) :

Material Type : Skull

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Class : Mammalia

Order : Carnivora

Family : Phocidae

Genus : Hydrurga

Species :leptonyx

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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: 23/11/2017

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


    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)