PORT PHILLIP BAY


Leopard Seal 

Hydrurga leptonyx

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Carnivora
Family:
Phocidae
Genus:
Hydrurga
Species:
leptonyx

General Description

Upper body fur blue-grey, underneath white to pale grey. Dark and light grey spots on fur. Head flat with the nostrils on top of head. Front flippers long, up to one third of the body length. Up to 3 m long.

Biology

Leopard Seals breed on the ice in Antarctica. They can swim long distances, usually alone.

Humans interactions include:
Can become infected with canine distemper virus from domestic dogs.

Habitat

Open ocean and coastal waters.

Open water

Distribution guide

Southern temperate oceans. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.

Species Group

Mammals Seals

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

3 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Jefferies, R.

Dr. Ryan Jefferies is a volunteer online editor at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Jefferies, R., 2011, Leopard Seal, Hydrurga leptonyx, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5723

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