Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Phocidae > Genus: Cystophora > Species: Cystophora cristata

Hooded seal - Cystophora cristata (Erxleben, 1777)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Not Applicable (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Marine Atlantic - Unknown
Marine Macaronesian - Unknown
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • open ocean
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code 2637


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Blåssäl Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Blöðruselur Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Cistofora crestata Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Foca de casco Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Foca-de-crista Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hólyagos fóka Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Hooded seal English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kapturnik Polish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Klapmuts Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Klapmyds Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Klappmütze German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Klappmyss Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kuplahylje Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Phoque à capuchon French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Põishüljes Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Tuljan mjehuraš Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Phoca cristata Erxleben, 1777
Cystophora borealis Nilsson, 1820
Cystophora dimidiata Rüppell, 1842

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

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