Chordates •

Leopard seal

(Hydrurga leptonyx)



The leopard seal or marine leopard ( Hydrurga leptonyx ) is a species of pinniped mammal of the family of the phocids.It is usually recognized as an aggressive,solitary animal and the main predator of the emperor penguin.They are big and muscular;his back and head are dark gray and his belly is light gray.The ventral part of its neck is whitish with black dots that give it the name and that extend through the chest.Its head is cuneiform,its snout torn,and its neck relatively long.His thorax is wide and long and his pectoral fins articulate powerful and relatively long pectoral fins.The females are generally larger than the males;the length of the body of these reaches between 3 and 3.8 m and the weight up to 320 kg,while the females reach from 3.5 to 4 m in length and weigh from 500 to 600 kg.His senses of sight and smell are highly developed,to which his hydrodynamic form is combined,to turn this species into a terrible predator.They hunt underwater,although they do not dive deep.Their front teeth are sharp,the canines are long,the postcannins have three sharp cusps and their molars are locked in such a way that they pick up the krill shrimp.

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Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Mammalia
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