Arctocephalus philippii (Peters, 1872)

Juan Fernández fur seal, Philippi's fur seal



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Arctocephalus philippii philippii (Peters, 1872); Arctocephalus philippii philippii (Peters, 1866) (incorrect year; used by Anonymous, 1964)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1900

Rediscovered in 1965 (Thornback & Jenkins, 1982); 1967?

IUCN RedList status: Near Threatened



Juan Fernández Islands, Chile


Biology & Ecology










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