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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Phocidae — the ribbon seal.
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_Histriophoca fasciata_, Zimm., and I even succeeded, though with great difficulty, in inducing the Chukches to part with the skin and skull of this uncommon species, distinguished by its peculiar marking.
Perhaps they were females of _Histriophoca fasciata_, whose beautifully marked skin (of the male) I had seen and described at St. Lawrence Bay.
Seal from the Behring Sea, _Histriophoca fasciata_, Zimm
Ringed seal (Phoca hispida) and ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata)
And a museum specimen in Alaska attests to breeding between spotted seals (Phoca largha) and ribbon seals (Histriophoca fasciata), which belong to different genera, a scientific classification of organisms that is broader than the species level.