Discovering Dugong Data
Updated: Aug 4, 2019
Have you ever wondered about dugongs? Where do they live? How do they survive? What do they eat? Some research - and a recent assignment helped me to pose and uncover the answers to all these questions!
The Dugong is found in Australia from Moreton Bay in the East to Shark Bay in the West however, the Dugong can be found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia.
The dugong is part of the Kingdom Animalia meaning that it is an animal. They are part of the phylum Chordates meaning that they have a backbone. Dugongs are part of the Class Sarcopterygii which is for lobe-finned fishes and terrestrial vertebrates, the Order Sirenia which includes Dugongs, Steller’s Sea Cow – which became extinct in the 18th century – and Manatees. The order evolved during the Eocene period, more than 50 million years ago. The Dugong is part of the family Dugongidae which includes the dugong and the sea cow, the Genus Dugong and the Species Dugong Dugon.
Isn’t that a mouthful!!!
Please refer to our Dugongs page on the website to find out more information.
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