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New Zealand Fur Seal at Merimbula, NSW

Arctocephalus forsteri at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Aug 2018

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JackieMiles1.1K wrote:
   17 Aug 2018
Dunno Leo, I'd be thinking maybe the nose is not quite pointy enough and the forehead a bit too pronounced and it is an Australian, not NZ (just going on Field Guide to Aust Mammals book). What makes you think NZ?
Leo241 wrote:
   17 Aug 2018
I couldn't tell from the field guide but leant towards NZ thinking I've got a 50/50 chance and waiting for an expert to resolve it.
JackieMiles1.1K wrote:
   17 Aug 2018
Well I hope one comes out of the woodwork for you. It ain't me anyway. I just do the easy mammals.
Leo253 wrote:
   14 Sep 2018
I sent the image to Amy Harris, who now works on Montague Island. Here is part of her reply:

"I have had a look and it’s a New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri. Key points in ID are on the head itself. A. Fosteri has a very steep forefead in comparison to Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus. Also the nose itself is very pointed in comparison to A. pusillus doriferus. NZ fur seals also have lots more whiskers. They are also darker in colour with the A. pusillus doriferus having that gorgeous creamy chest which is a lot lighter than in your image. I know this possibly threw you a little in your image as there is some chesnut colouration there but the head is undoubtedly NZ. The the A. pusillus doriferus head is like an intermediate between the steep forehead of the A. Fosteri and the really rounded forehead of a sea lion."
JackieMiles1.2K wrote:
   14 Sep 2018
OK, good to know all that. I'll annotate my copy of the mammals field guide accordingly, for next time. Glad you managed to rustle up an expert!

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Saccostrea glomerata (Sydney Rock Oyster) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Nodilittorina pyramidalis (Nodilittorina pyramidalis) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
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Austromegabalanus nigrescens (Giant Rock Barnacle) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Pyura stolonifera (Cunjevoi) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
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Bembicium nanum (Striped-mouth Conniwink) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
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Chamaesipho tasmanica (Honeycomb Barnacle) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Austrolittorina unifasciata (Blue Australwink) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Sypharochiton pelliserpentis (Sypharochiton pelliserpentis) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Nerita melanotragus (Black Nerite) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Chthamalus antennatus at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Cellana tramoserica (Commom Limpet) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Leptograpsus variegatus (Leptograpsus variegatus) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Galeolaria caespitosa (Intertidal Tube Worm) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Tetraclitella purpurascens (Purple Four-plated Barnacle) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Morula marginalba (Mulberry shell/white lip castor bean) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Patelloida alticostata (Patelloida alticostata) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Hormosira banksii (Neptune's Necklace) at Merimbula, NSW - 15 Aug 2017 by SteveBurrows
Ulva sp. (Bait weed) at Merimbula, NSW - 7 May 2017 by SteveBurrows
Siphonaria funiculata (Siphonaria funiculata) at Merimbula, NSW - 7 May 2017 by SteveBurrows
Senecio linearifolius var. denticulatus (Toothed Fireweed Groundsel) at Merimbula, NSW - 23 Oct 2016 by SteveBurrows
Leptograpsus variegatus (Leptograpsus variegatus) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
Cabestana spengleri (Cabestana spengleri) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
Phyllospora comosa (Phyllospora comosa) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
Nerita melanotragus (Black Nerite) at Merimbula, NSW - 17 Aug 2016 by SteveBurrows
Meridiastra calcar (Eight arm Seastar) at Merimbula, NSW - 6 Dec 2011 by MichaelMcMaster

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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.934172-36.883953
  • Altitude 19.0m
  • Places Merimbula, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 16 Aug 2018 Recorded on
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