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Pusa

Pusa
Baikal Seal
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Phocidae
Subfamily: Phocinae
Tribe: Phocini
Genus: Pusa
Scopoli, 1771
Species

Pusa caspica
Pusa hispida
Pusa sibirica

Pusa is a genus of the earless seals, within the Family Phocidae. The three species of this genus were split from the genus Phoca, and some sources still give Phoca as an acceptable synonym for Pusa.

The three species in this genus are found in Arctic and Sub-arctic regions as well as around the Caspian Sea. This includes the following countries and regions: Russia, Scandinavia, Britain, Greenland, Canada, the USA, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Japan.

Only the Caspian seal is endangered.

Species

Caspian seal, Pusa caspica - (Gmelin, 1788)
Ringed seal, Pusa hispida - (Schreber, 1775)
Baikal seal or Nerpa, Pusa sibirica - Gmelin, 1788

Taxonomy

Pusa


ringed seal


Baikal seal



Caspian seal


Cladogram showing relationships among the extant members of genus Pusa, combining several phylogenetic analyses.[1]

References

  1. ^ Berta, A.; Churchill, M. (2012). "Pinniped taxonomy: Review of currently recognized species and subspecies, and evidence used for their description". Mammal Review 42 (3): 207–34.  

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