Talk:Earless seal

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Removed "this method of locomotion is called galumphing" from description of movement. Found no source other than this page that uses that term to describe movement of seals, most dictionaries that contain a definition of the term cite Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky as the origin. Femto113 07:40, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

How is "Phocidae" pronounced? Wombat1138 (talk) 18:58, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

I believe it is FAUX-sih-day. I could also expect FAUX-sih-dee. - UtherSRG (talk) 19:34, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
Or FOKKy-dee. Maias (talk) 04:40, 4 September 2008 (UTC)
(argh) ...after a lot more Googlage, I've finally turned up one formal reference at that cites "(′fō·sə′dē)", whatever that works out to in standard IPA notation. For that matter, I also found a general page at which attempts to lay out guidelines for pronouncing Greek/Latin-derived terms as currently used in biology; it seems worthy of conversion to a Wiki article if someone has the time/energy. Wombat1138 (talk) 15:05, 6 September 2008 (UTC)
it's funny, i personally find the notation wikipedia uses to be more confusing than the ways we've presented here... bah. FAUX-suh-dee -ΖαππερΝαππερ BabelAlexandria 23:59, 9 March 2009 (UTC)


  • why doesn't the feeding section mention what it is they eat? -- (talk) 19:05, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

Latin names[edit]

The article gives the Latin names "Pagophilus groenlandica" and "Phoca groenlandicus" for the Harp (Greenland) Seal. "Pagophilus" is masculine and "Phoca" is feminine, hence the names should be "Pagophilus groenlandicus" and "Phoca groenlandica". --Death Bredon (talk) 09:18, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Quite. It's also supported by this page [1] were such confirmation needed. Anaxial (talk) 21:08, 8 November 2011 (UTC)