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Past distribution of Monachus monachus in Bulgaria – subfossil and historical records (Carnivora: Phocidae)

Abstract

The paper summarizes numerous scattered data on the former distribution of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) along the western Black Sea coast and the lower Danube bank in Bulgaria. Data on 25 sites of historical (last two centuries), two sites of subfossil, and one site of fossil records are presented (23 from the Black Sea coast, two from the Danube). Four stuffed skins, two skulls and two subfossil limb bones are kept in three Bulgarian museum collections. The latest record of the monk seal in Bulgaria was documented on 8 December 1996.

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