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Arctocephalus pusillus (Brown Fur Seal; Tasmanian fur seal; South African fur seal; giant fur seal; Cape fur seal)

Wikipedia Abstract

The brown fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus), also known as the Cape fur seal, South African fur seal and the Australian fur seal is a species of fur seal.
View Wikipedia Record: Arctocephalus pusillus


Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus (Tasmanian fur seal)
Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus (South African fur seal)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 11.48
EDGE Score: 2.52


Adult Weight [2]  281.20 lbs (127.55 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  13.67 lbs (6.20 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  3 years 6 months
Male Maturity [2]  4 years 6 months
Gestation [2]  1 year
Litter Size [2]  1
Litters / Year [2]  1
Maximum Longevity [2]  32 years
Migration [1]  Intraoceanic
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Weaning [2]  11 months 24 days

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Coorong National Park II 121235 South Australia, Australia
Croajingolong National Park II 217067 Victoria, Australia
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve II 256073 Western Cape, South Africa  
Wilson's Promontory National Park II 119279 Victoria, Australia


Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa No
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No
Succulent Karoo Namibia, South Africa No

Prey / Diet

Nototodarus gouldi (Gould's squid)[3]
Octopus vulgaris (common octopus)[3]
Ocythoe tuberculata (Tuberculate Pelagic Octopus)[3]
Todarodes angolensis (Angola flying squid)[3]
Todaropsis eblanae (Lesser Flying Squid)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alepisaurus ferox (Wolffish)1
Aonyx capensis (African Clawless Otter)1
Arctocephalus forsteri (Australasian Fur Seal)1
Carcharhinus brevipinna (Spinner shark)1
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)2
Diplodus hottentotus (Zebra)1
Grampus griseus (Risso's Dolphin)2
Heptranchias perlo (Slender sevengill shark)1
Hyperoodon ampullatus (Northern Bottlenose Whale)1
Notorynchus cepedianus (Tiger shark)2
Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)1
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)1
Thalassarche cauta (Shy Albatross)1
Thunnus alalunga (longfinned albacore)2
Thunnus albacares (Yellowfin-tuna)1
Thunnus maccoyii (Tunny)2
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)3


Canis mesomelas (Black-backed Jackal)[4]
Hyaena brunnea (Brown Hyena)[4]


Parasitized by 
Anisakis physeteris <Unverified Name>[5]
Anisakis simplex[5]
Contracaecum ogmorhini <Unverified Name>[5]
Corynosoma cetaceum[5]
Ctenocephalides canis (Dog flea)[6]
Diphyllobothrium arctocephalinum[6]
Diphyllobothrium atlanticum <Unverified Name>[5]
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[5]
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Tuberculosis - MTB)[7]
Phyllobothrium delphini[5]
Polymorphus arctocephali[5]
Taenia solium <Unverified Name>[5]
Uncinaria hamiltoni <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Banham Zoo Ltd.pusillus
Boras Djurpark Zoopusillus
Chiangmai Zoological Gardenpusillus
Dusit (Bangkok) Zoological Parkpusillus
Faunia (Parque Biologico De Madrid,SA)
Jyllands Park Zoopusillus
Kolmardens Djurpark ABpusillus
Louisville Zoological Gardenpusillus
Melbourne Zoodoriferus
Nakhon Ratchasima Zool. Parkpusillus
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africapusillus
Parc Paradisio S.A.pusillus
Parco Zoo Punta Verdepusillus
Pet Porpoise Pool Pty. Ltd.doriferus
Rostock Zoologischer Garten
Songkhla Zoo
STB Kanta - Friguia Zoo
Taronga Zoodoriferus
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Ltdpusillus
Wroclaw Zoo, LLCpusillus
Yokohama Zool. Gardenspusillus
Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven GmbHpusillus
Zoological Garden Prague
Zoologicka Zahrada Mesta Brna
Zoologischer Garten Augsburg GmbHpusillus
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurtpusillus
Zoologischer Garten Leipzigpusillus
ZOOMARINE - Mundo Aquatico S.A.pusillus
Zoomarine Italia S.p.A.pusillus

Range Map

Africa; Australia; Croajingolong; Eastern Atlantic Ocean; Indo-West Pacific;



Attributes / relations provided by 1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at 2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774 3CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database 4The Namib: Detritus and Fog Dependence Scott Christy March 1st, 2006 5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London 6Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19 7Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
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