Threatened species of Otariidae

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Other Names:
Threatened species of Fur seals
Threatened species of Sea lions
Endangered species of Eared seals

Otariidae have been exploited for meat and blubber and have been persecuted by the fishing industry as a pest and have suffered as a result of incidental bye-catch and entanglement in nets.


This family includes fourteen species, most of which live in southern oceans, along the coasts of southern south America, Africa, and Australia as well as New Zealand and islands farther south. Just four species occur north of the equator (all in the Pacific Ocean), including the California sea lion, which lives on both sides of the equator.


The family Otariidae includes sixteen species that are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as facing a threat to their survival. Details of the species and their status is as follows:

Status: Extinct
Japanese Sea Lion

Status: Endangered
Australian Sea Lion
Galápagos Fur Seal
Galápagos Sea Lion

Status: Near Threatened
Guadalupe Fur Seal
Juan Fernández Fur Seal
Steller Sea Lion

Status: Vulnerable
New Zealand Sea Lion
Northern Fur Seal

Status: Least Concern
Afro-Australian Fur Seal
Antarctic Fur Seal
Californian Sea Lion
New Zealand Fur Seal
South American Fur Seal
South American Sea Lion
Subantarctic Fur Seal

CITES lists the species as "Appendix I".

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.12.2019 – 19:12 CET