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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Otariidae
Genus:Otaria
Genus species:Otaria flavescens

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:male: 256 cm; female: 200 cm
Weight:male: 300-340 kg; female: 144 kg
Identification:The coat coloration of the Southern sea lion can vary. Males have a pale mane and an upturned nose.
Habitat:Oceans, coasts, offshore islands
Diet:Carnivore: fish, cephalopods, crustaceans, squid, lobster krill
Reproduction:The birthing season falls from December to February with mating taking place seven days after the pups are born. The pups are suckled for 6-12 months.
A dominant male will establish a territory with 3-6 females within it.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Southern sea lions were intensely hunted in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their natural predators are sharks and killer whales.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Southern coast of South America Date:1976-01 Subjects:South American sea lion
sea mammal
Southern sea lion
Sea lions
Eared seals
Seals (Animals)
Pinnipedia
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Coastal animals;