Post mortem studies of sea otters, Enhydra lutris L., in California

Morejohn, G. Victor and Ames, Jack A. and Lewis, David B. (1975) Post mortem studies of sea otters, Enhydra lutris L., in California. Long Beach, CA, California Department of Fish and Game, (Marine Resources Technical Report, 30)

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Dead sea otters found on or near beaches in central California from January 1968 through June 1974 were collected for study. Necropsies were conducted on many of these carcasses. Sea otter mortalities are related to: (1) area of recovery; (2) sex; (3) relative age; (4) general cause of death; and (5) sea surface roughness. Selected specific aspects of necropsies are summarized. Tables for estimating weight from total length and estimating total length from tail length and foot length are given. Organ weights are discussed. Criteria for establishing relative age based on degree of fusion of cranial sutures, eruption and wear of dentition, and development of the glenoid fossa are given. A method of estimating relative age of male otters is given based on baculum length or volume. Methods useful for sexing dissociated skeletal remains based on osteological differences in pelves are presented. (87pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Post mortem studies of sea otters, Enhydra lutris L., in California
Personal Creator/Author:
Morejohn, G. Victor
Ames, Jack A.
Lewis, David B.
Series Name: Marine Resources Technical Report
Number: 30
Date: 1975
Publisher: California Department of Fish and Game
Place of Publication: Long Beach, CA
Issuing Agency: California Department of Fish and Game
Uncontrolled Keywords: sea otters; Enhyrda lutris L., California; post mortem
Subjects: Health
Item ID: 683
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2008 23:11
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 21:41

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