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It's a girl! A female southern elephant seal born in Western Australia


McMahon, CR and Thums, M and Bradshaw, M and Busby, S and Chapple, V and Evans, M and Goodlich, S and Holland, C and Raudino, H and Rebuck, P and Hindell, MA, It's a girl! A female southern elephant seal born in Western Australia, Australian Journal of Zoology, 65, (3) pp. 179-182. ISSN 0004-959X (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/ZO17036


Southern elephant seals typically breed on subantarctic islands and breeding in more temperate regions is rare. This small female (∼1.42 m) that weaned after 25 days is smaller than the average weaned female elephant seal and her survival prospects are correspondingly low (20-35%). The fact that the elephant seal was successfully weaned offers some insight into the breeding plasticity in this species.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Integrated Marine Observing System, Mirounga leonina, survival
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal behaviour
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:McMahon, CR (Dr Clive McMahon)
UTAS Author:Hindell, MA (Professor Mark Hindell)
ID Code:124123
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2018-02-08
Last Modified:2018-12-13

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