Reconstructing historical baselines for the Persian/Arabian Gulf Dugong, Dugong dugon (Mammalia: Sirena)

  title={Reconstructing historical baselines for the Persian/Arabian Gulf Dugong, Dugong dugon (Mammalia: Sirena)},
  author={Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak and Daniel Pauly},
  journal={Zoology in the Middle East},
  pages={102 - 95}
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