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Studies in Tasmanian mammals, living and extinct. No. XIII. The eared seals of Tasmania.


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Scott, Herbert Hedley and Lord, Clive Errol (1925) Studies in Tasmanian mammals, living and extinct. No. XIII. The eared seals of Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 75-78. ISSN 0080-4703

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The following notes upon the eared seals that inhabit the islands and rocks of our coasts are contributed with a view to putting upon record such data as have been accumulated from time to time, respecting these interesting members of our native fauna. It is, as we have urged elsewhere, essential that a comprehensive study of our seals should be immediately undertaken, but, pending this, it is thought advisable to collect under a common heading such notes as we have hitherto committed to Museum registers, cards, and note books. Quite recently Professor Wood-Jones has aided the taxonomy of the question by the publication of an interesting monograph upon South Australian Eared Seals in general, and the total result of his researches is now available. The extensive synonymy of the subject is tabulated in handy form, and the animals themselves are classified under three species of the genus Arctocephalus. It would appear, therefore, that our most common eared seal is rather larger than Professor Wood-Jones allowed for in the construction of his table of specific characters of Arctocephalus doriferus, that its nasal and crest osteological data do not quite agree, but these are minor matters in a way, and easy of emendation if a study of the living creatures we are so strongly urging does not show them to belong to another species.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 75-78
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 03:52
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
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