[MARMAM] New publication on Mediterranean monk seals

Alexandros A. Karamanlidis akaramanlidis at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 09:53:23 PST 2010

Dear all


We would like to draw your attention on a new publication regarding
parturition in Mediterranean monk seals: 


Karamanlidis, A.A., V. Paravas, F. Trillmich, P. Dendrinos. 2010. First
Observations of Parturition and Postpartum Behavior in the Mediterranean
monk seal (Monachus monachus) in the Eastern Mediterranean. Aquatic Mammals,
36(1), 27-32. DOI 10.1578/AM.36.1.2010.27


Abstract: Understanding reproductive behavior, especially the circumstances
surrounding parturition and the events following the first days postpartum,
is essential in developing effective conservation strategies for endangered
pinnipeds. In the case of the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal
(Monachus monachus), difficulties in documenting events, such as
parturition, are compounded by the very low population numbers and the
inaccessibility of the habitat occupied by the species. In this study, the
authors report the first observations of parturition for the species from
the central Aegean Sea, Greece in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Using a
state-of-the-art infrared remote-monitoring system two births were
documented and important information on the total duration of the events,
the total duration of attempted suckling, as well as, information on the
presentation of the pups, their sex and habitat were recorded. This new
information on the reproductive biology of the species in this part of its
range outline the importance of suitable reproductive caves for the
conservation of the species and the urgency of protecting them. In addition,
considering the high cost and logistics of the study, monitoring the species
on a large scale to effectively protect it, will require the development of
new, low-cost and time-efficient methodologies.


For reprints please contact:


Alexandros A. Karamanlidis, PhD

Wildlife Biologist

MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal

akaramanlidis at gmail.com



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