family Phocidae


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Noun1.family Phocidae - earless seals
mammal family - a family of mammals
Pinnipedia, suborder Pinnipedia - seals; sea lions; walruses
earless seal, hair seal, true seal - any of several seals lacking external ear flaps and having a stiff hairlike coat with hind limbs reduced to swimming flippers
genus Phoca, Phoca - type genus of the Phocidae: earless seals
genus Mirounga, Mirounga - elephant seals
Erignathus, genus Erignathus - bearded seals
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Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), gray seals (Halichoerus grypus), harp seals (Phoca groenlandica), and hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) are all "true seals" of the family Phocidae, and should not be confused with the sea lions commonly seen at zoos or in aquarium shows.