Common Mammals of the North Slope

Marine Mammals

Bearded Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Ugruk
Scientific Name: Erignathus barbatus

Beluga Whale
Iñupiaq Name: Qiļalugaq or Sisuaq
Scientific Name: Delphinapterus leucas

Bowhead Whale
Iñupiaq Name: Aġviq
Scientific Name: Balaena mysticetus

Harbor Porpoise
Iñupiaq Name: Aġvisuaq
Scientific Name: Phocoena phocoena

Polar Bear
Iñupiaq Name: Nanuq
Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus

Ribbon Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Qiaġulik
Scientific Name: Histriophoca fasciata

Ringed Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Natchiq
Scientific Name: Pusa hispida or Phoca hispida

Spotted Seal
Iñupiaq Name: Qasiġiaq
Scientific Name: Phoca largha

Walrus
Iñupiaq Name: Aiviq
Scientific Name: Odobenus rosmarus

Terrestrial Mammals

Alaska Marmot
Iñupiaq Name: Siksrikpak
Scientific Name: Marmota broweri

Arctic Ground Squirrel
Iñupiaq Name: Siksrik
Scientific Name: Spermophilus paryii

Beaver
Iñupiaq Name: Kigiaq or  Pałuktaq
Scientific Name: Castor canadensis

Black Bear
Iñupiaq Name: Iggaġri
Scientific Name: Ursus americanus

Brown Bear
Iñupiaq Name: Akłaq
Scientific Name: Ursus arctos

Caribou
Iñupiaq Name: Tuttu
Scientific Name: Rangifer tarandus

Dall Sheep
Iñupiaq Name: Imnaiq or Ipnaiq
Scientific Name: Ovis dalli

Fox, Arctic
Iñupiaq Name: Tiġiganniaq
Scientific Name: Alopex lagopus

Fox, Red
Iñupiaq Name: Kayuqtuq
Scientific Name: Vulpes vulpes

Least Weasel
Iñupiaq Name: Naulayuq
Scientific Name: Mustela nivalis

Lemming, Brown   more info
Iñupiaq Name: Aviŋŋaq or Aviñŋaq
Scientific Name: Lemmus trimucronatus

Lemming, Collared
Iñupiaq Name: Qiļaŋmiutaq or Qiļaŋmiutauraq
Scientific Name: Dicrostonyx torquatus

Lynx
Iñupiaq Name: Niutuiyiq
Scientific Name: Lynx canadensis

Moose
Iñupiaq Name: Tuttuvak
Scientific Name: Alces alces

Muskox
Iñupiaq Name: Umiŋmak
Scientific Name: Ovibos moschatus 

Porcupine
Iñupiaq Name: Qiŋaġluk or Iļļaatqusiq
Scientific Name: Erithizon dorsatum

Snowshoe Hare
Iñupiaq Name: Ukalliq
Scientific Name: Lepus americanus

Short-tailed Weasel or Ermine
Iñupiaq Name: Itiġiaq
Scientific Name: Mustela erminea

Wolf
Iñupiaq Name: Amaġuq
Scientific Name: Canis lupus

Wolverine
Iñupiaq Name: Qavvik
Scientific Name: Gulo gulo