, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 416–424 | Cite as

Population Structure of White Sea Harp Seals (Pagophilus groenlandicus) as an Adaptation to Habitat Conditions

  • L. R. Lukin
  • V. M. Bel’kovich
  • V. V. Andrianov
Marine Biology


The spatiotemporal distribution of harp seal pups around breeding grounds in the White Sea is considered. It is shown that spatial localization of groups of females with different terms of mass pup birth takes place. This somewhat confirms the data on the gregarious structure of White Sea harp seal population. It is possible to explain the structure of this adaptation of the seal population to different living conditions in different feeding areas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Lukin
    • 1
  • V. M. Bel’kovich
    • 2
  • V. V. Andrianov
    • 1
  1. 1.Laverov Federal Research Center for Integrated Studies of the ArcticRussian Academy of SciencesArkhangelskRussia
  2. 2.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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