Sea lion and pup in Seal Bay - Kangaroo Island.jpg
N. cinerea, adult and pup
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Clade: Pinnipedia
Family: Otariidae
Subfamily: Otariinae
Genus: Neophoca
Gray 1866
Type species
Arctocephalus lobatus
Gray 1828

Neophoca is a genus of the family Otariidae (sea lions and fur seals) of order Carnivora. It is combined by some taxonomists with the genus Phocarctos, the (extant) New Zealand sea lion.[1] Only one species survives:

  • N. cinerea: Australian sea lion. Most subpopulations are small and genetically isolated.[2]

Extinct species:


  1. ^ Don E. Wilson; DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds. (2005), Wilson & Reeder's Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press
  2. ^ "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2018-10-28.