An order of carnivorous aquatic mammals that comprises the seals, sea lions, and walrus. They are distinguished by their flipperlike limbs.
- ‘Within Pinnipedia, the closer affinity of Otariidae to either Phocidae or Obodenidae has long been debated.’
- ‘Some authorities, however, consider the pinnipeds to be monophyletic and basal to all living carnivores (feliform and caniform), and place it in a separate order, the Pinnipedia.’
- ‘The seals (Pinnipedia) have three extant families: Odobenidae, Otariidae (fur seals), and Phocidae (including gray seal and harbor seal).’
Modern Latin (plural), from Latin pinna wing, fin + pes, ped- foot.