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Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDugongidae Gray, 1821 
AphiaID: 196263

Classification: Biota > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorAnimalia (Kingdom) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorChordata (Phylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorVertebrata (Subphylum) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorGnathostomata (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTetrapoda (Superclass) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorMammalia (Class) > Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorTheria (Subclass) > Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSirenia (Order)
Status accepted
Rank Family
Parent Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorSirenia
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English Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editordugong  [details]
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 Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDugong Lacépède, 1799
  » Species Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDugong dugon (Müller, 1776)
Genus Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHydrodamalis Retzius, 1794
  » Species Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorHydrodamalis gigas (Zimmerman, 1780) †
Environment marine
Fossil range recent + fossil
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Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription There is only 1 living species in the family Dugongidae. The other recent member, Steller's sea cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) has been extinct since 1768. The dugong is tropical and subtropical, but Steller's sea cow was an inhabitant of cold temperate to subarctic waters. In members of this family, the flattened tail is expanded into flukes, similar to those of cetaceans. Other caracteristics include a rostrum that is deflected downwards, the presence of erupted tusks in males (dugongs only; Steller's sea cow had no teeth), a more streamlined body than those of manatees, and the absence of nails on flippers. <123> [details]
LSID urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:196263
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Date   action   by
2005-12-30 14:07:12Z  created  Vanden Berghe, Edward
2010-02-05 17:38:18Z  changed  Self-Sullivan, Caryn
  
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  Citation: Self-Sullivan, C. (2014). Dugongidae Gray, 1821. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=196263 on 2014-09-17
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