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Sea lion and pup in Seal Bay - Kangaroo Island.jpg
N. cinerea, adult and pup
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Otariidae
Subfamily: Otariinae
Genus: Neophoca
Gray 1866
Type species
Arctocephalus lobatus
Gray 1828

Neophoca is a genus of the family Otariidae (sea lions and fur seals) of order Carnivora. It is combined by some taxonomists with the genus Phocarctos, the (extant) New Zealand sea lion.[1] Only one species survives:

  • N. cinerea: Australian sea lion. Most subpopulations are small and genetically isolated.[2]

Extinct species:


  1. ^ Don E. Wilson and DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors), eds. (2005), Wilson & Reeder's Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed), Johns Hopkins University Press 
  2. ^ 2015 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Accessed 4 January 2016.

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