caption Ribbon seal. Source: M. Cameron/NOAA
Conservation Status

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Anamalia (Animals)
Phylum:--- Chordata
Class:------ Mammalia (Mammals)
Order:-------- Carnivora (Carnivores)
Family:-------- Phocidae (True Seals)
Genus:--------- Histriophoca
Species:--------1 species

Histriophoca is a genus of just one species (a monotypic genus) within the true seal family of nineteen species.  The Ribbon seal.

Together with the families of Eared seals and Walruses, True seals form the group of marine mammals known as pinnipeds.

The common name Ribbon seal reflects the banded markings of the species coat. For a detailed account of this taxon, consult the full article Ribbon Seal.

Further Reading

  1. Histriophoca fasciata (Zimmermann, 1783) Encyclopedia of Life (accessed May 20, 2010)
  2. Histriophoca fasciata, Masi, A., 2000, Animal Diversity Web (accessed May 20, 2010)
  3. Ribbon seal , Seal Conservation Society (accessed May 20, 2010)
  4. Histriophoca fasciata IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (accessed May 20, 2010)
  5. The Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses, Marianne Riedman, University of California Press, 1991 ISBN: 0520064984
  6. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Bernd Wursig, Academic Press, 2002 ISBN: 0125513402
  7. Marine Mammal Research: Conservation beyond Crisis, edited by John E. Reynolds III, William F. Perrin, Randall R. Reeves, Suzanne Montgomery and Timothy J. Ragen, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005 ISBN: 0801882559
  8. Walker's Mammals of the World, Ronald M. Nowak, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999 ISBN: 0801857899
  9. Ribbon seal, MarineBio.org (accessed May 20, 2010)




Life, E. (2010). Histriophoca. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/153535


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