Sinonimi: Dugong dugon
ETYM Malayan duyong, or Javan. duyung.
Sirenian tusked mammal found from eastern Africa to Australia; the flat tail is bilobate; SYN. Dugong dugon.
Small seal-like aquatic mammal.
Marine mammal Dugong dugong of the order Sirenia (sea cows), found in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and W Pacific. It can grow to 3.6 m/11 ft long, and has a tapering body with a notched tail and two fore-flippers. It is herbivorous, feeding on sea grasses and seaweeds.
It may have given rise to the mermaid myth.