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Skin Structure of the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)

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Title: Skin Structure of the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)
Authors: Whittow, G.C.
Szekerczes, J.
Kridler, E.
Olsen, D.L.
Issue Date: Apr 1975
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Whittow GC, Szekerczes J, Kridler E, Olsen DL. 1975. Skin structure of the Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi). Pac Sci 29(2): 153-157.
Abstract: Skin samples from the dorsal region of the torsos of Hawaiian Monk
Seals were examined histologically to determine if there were any features of the
structure of the skin that might explain the reputed heat tolerance of these seals.
The skin structure was compatible with an animal exposed to strong solar radiation,
in which nonevaporative heat loss was promoted, but little could be discerned
to suggest the existence of functional evaporative cooling mechanisms.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/920
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 29, Number 2, 1975



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