|Monk Seals (Monachus)|
Monachus is a genus containing the monk seals, a group of three pinniped species. They are the only earless seals that are found in tropical climates. They are now extremely rare, and the genus is in imminent danger of going entirely extinct, with only very limited genetic variation in the two surviving species. Fossils of the species are known from the Pleistocene.
- the Hawaiian Monk Seal, Monachus schauinslandi (critically endangered)
- the Mediterranean Monk Seal, Monachus monachus (critically endangered)
- the Caribbean Monk Seal, Monachus tropicalis (extinct)
- Pastor, T., et al. (2004). "Low Genetic Variability in the Highly Endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal". Journal of Heredity 95 (4): 291–300. doi:10.1093/jhered/esh055.
- Kretzmann, M., et al. (1997). "Low Genetic Variability in the Hawaiian Monk Seal". Conservation Biology 11 (2): 482–490. doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.1997.96031.x.
- Berta, A. & Churchill, M. (2012). "Pinniped Taxonomy: evidence for species and subspecies". Mammal Review 42 (3): 207–234. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2907.2011.00193.x.
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