WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDugongidae Gray, 1821

196263  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:196263)

accepted
Family
marine
recent + fossil
Unreviewed: has not been verified by a taxonomic editorDescription There is only 1 living species in the family...  
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]
Self-Sullivan, C. (2010). Dugongidae Gray, 1821. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=196263 on 2017-12-18

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additional source Domning, D. P. (1996). Bibliography and Index of the Sirenia and Desmostylia. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology. (80): 1-611., available online at http://www.sil.si.edu/SmithsonianContributions/Paleobiology/sc_RecordSingle.cfm?filename=SCtP-0080 [details]  OpenAccess publication 
From other sources
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]
 



LanguageName 
English Checked: verified by a taxonomic editordugong  [details]
Japanese Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorジュゴン  [details]