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polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
Subject: polar bear (Ursus maritimus)
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polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on sea ice ab. 200 km north of Svalbard. Foto taken on cruise ARK-VIII/2 of the german research vessel POLARSTERN
Date 1991
Author Hannes Grobe/AWI

The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet.

Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus Phipps, 1774
Common Names: Polar Bear; [French] Ours blanc, Ours polaire; [Spanish] Oso Polar
Ursus marinus Pallas, 1776
Ursus polaris Shaw, 1792
Thalarctos maritimus (Phipps, 1774)
Thalassarctos eogroenlandicus Knottnerus-Meyer, 1908
Thalassarctos jenaensis Knottnerus-Mayer, 1908
Thalassarctos labradorensis Knottnerus-Meyer, 1908
Thalassarctos spitzbergensis Knottnerus-Meyer

ursus maritimus
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