Pinnipeds are a fascinating group of marine mammals that play a crucial role as apex predators and sentinels of the functioning and health of marine ecosystems. They are found in the most extreme environments from the Polar regions to the tropics. Pinnipeds are comprised of about 34 species, and of those at least 25% live permanently in tropical zones. This book reviews and updates current research on the biology, marine ecology, bio-monitoring, and conservation of tropical pinniped populations, including their behavior, anthropogenic stressors, and health. It also looks at challenges to be faced for the conservation of tropical pinnipeds, many of which are threatened species.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Tropical and Subtropical Pinnipeds. An Overview on the Evolutionary History of Tropical Pinnipeds. Variability in the Skull Morphology of Adult Male California Sea Lions and Galapagos Sea Lions. Hawaiian Monk Seals: The Biology and Ecology of the World’s only Tropical Phocid. Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation: Past, Present and Future. Guadalupe Fur Seal Population Expansion and its Post-Breeding Male Migration to the Gulf of Ulloa, México. Population Status, Anthropogenic Stressors and Conservation of the Galapagos Fur Seal (Arctocephalusgalapagoensis): An Overview. Diving Physiology, Foraging and Reproductive Behavior of the Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki). Management Strategies and Conservation Status of Galapagos Sea Lion Populations at San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Population Ecology, Trends and Distribution of the Juan Fernandez Fur Seal, Arctocephalus philippii (Peters 1866) in Chile. Population Ecology and Conservation Status of the South American Sea Lion in Uruguay Ecology and Conservation Status of the South American Fur Seal in Uruguay. The Uncertain Fate of the Endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus monachus in the 21st Century: Population, Ecology and Conservation Threats. Bioecology and Conservation Threats of the Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus. Emerging Pathogens and Health Issues in the 21st Century: A Challenge for Tropical and Subtropical Pinnipeds. Pathologies of Pinnipeds in Brazil.
Juan J. Alava