genus Mirounga


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Related to genus Mirounga: sea elephant, Northern Elephant Seal
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Noun1.genus Mirounga - elephant sealsgenus Mirounga - elephant seals      
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
family Phocidae, Phocidae - earless seals
elephant seal, sea elephant - either of two large northern Atlantic earless seals having snouts like trunks
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Together, the two elephant seal species in the genus Mirounga exhibit the following: 1) for ecologists, a "natural experiment" of recovery and decline, with several populations of the southern species declining for at least 20 years and the northern species increasing for most of this century, 2) for behaviorists, extreme sexual dimorphism and polygyny relative to other large vertebrate species, and 3) for physiologists, the maximum diving and fasting capabilities among pinnipeds.