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The dugong (Dugong dugon) is the smallest member of the order Sirenia (which includes the manatees and sea cows). Adults are generally less than 10 feet (3 meters) long. Although they covered all of the tropical South Pacific and Indian Oceans, remaining populations are greatly reduced. Groups of 10,000 or more are present on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, at Shark Bay[?], and in the Torres Strait[?] south of New Guinea. Before 1970, it is thought that large populations were also present in Mozambique and coastal Kenya, but these have dwindled.

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Sirenia
Family Dugongidae
Genus Dugong

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as of 2002-07-05


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