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Globicephala melas   (Traill, 1809)

Long-finned pilot whale

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetartiodactyla | Delphinidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Pelagic; depth range 30 - 1800 m (Ref. 122880).  Polar; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Northeast Atlantic, Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific, Mediterranean, and the Antarctic: Central Pacific sector at 68°S, 120°W; Globicephala melas melas: Ungava Bay, Greenland, Iceland, Faroes, Norway, North Carolina, Azores, Madeira, Mauritania, Western Mediterranean, Newfoundland; Globicephala melas subsp.: Japan, Sea of Japan; Globicephala melas edwardii: Brazil, South Africa, Crozet, Heard Island, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Scott Island, Antarctic Convergence (Ref. 1522). Polar, subtropical.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 670 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 570 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 2.0 t (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in oceanic waters and some coastal waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Feeds on squid and sometimes small medium-sized fish (Ref. 1394). Found in oceanic waters and some coastal waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. Feeds on squid and sometimes small medium-sized fish (Ref. 1394). Also Ref. 97757 (Ref. 97747).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 18 June 2018

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO - Fisheries: landings, species profile | FishSource | Sea Around Us


More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 1.6 - 10, mean 3.7 (based on 3239 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)