Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53621

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Otariidae
Genus:Neophoca
Genus species:Neophoca cinerea

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:male: 2-2.5 m, female: 1.3-1.8 m
Weight:male: 250-300 kg, female: 61-104 kg
Identification:The male Australian sea lion is a chocolate brown color with a golden-white crown and mane. The females are silvery grey above and are cream-colored below and on their face.
Habitat:Sheltered rocky bays for birthing and sandy beaches for loafing
Diet:Carnivore: crustaceans, fish, cephalopods
Reproduction:The breeding season lasts five months but varies on time of year. One male will defend and mate with 4-6 females. Females give birth every 17 months, alternating between summer and winter or spring and fall. Australian sea lions can live for 25 years.
One male will defend and mate with 4-6 females.
Behavior:The sea lion will forage mainly in the continental shelf waters at depths of 150 meters and 20-30 km offshore.
Status:Endangered: poaching, netting
Interesting Facts:There are only 10,000 to 12,000 Australian sea lions.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia Date:1974-12 Subjects:Australian sea lion
sea mammal
Sea lions
Eared seals
Seals (Animals)
Pinnipedia
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Coastal animals;