California sea lion

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California sea lion
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Male in La Jolla, California
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Female in La Jolla, California
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Otariidae
Genus: Zalophus
Z. californianus
Binomial name
Zalophus californianus
(Lesson, 1828)
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California sea lion breeding range in dark blue, total range light blue. In red is the range of the Galapagos sea lion

The California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) is a type of eared seal native to western North America. Its natural habitat ranges from southeast Alaska to central Mexico, including the Gulf of California. California sea lions are sexually dimorphic. They eat lots of fish and squid. Their main predators are killer whales and great white sharks.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Aurioles, D. & Trillmich, F. (2008). "Zalophus californianus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  2. Aurioles, D. & Trillmich, F. (2008). "Zalophus californianus".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)