Mammalia | Cetacea
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 3793 m (Ref. 94963), usually 500 - 1100 m (Ref. 80612). Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 1 - 1 cm Max length : 270 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 210.0 kg (Ref. 1394)
Robust. Short beak, subtriangular to weakly falcate dorsal fin, pointed flippers, and relatively small concave flukes. Dark bluish to brownish-gray dorsal cape, pale gray flank, and white to pinkish belly. Wide dark gray to black stripe extending from the eye to the anus, conspicuously set off by thin pale cream-colored borders.
Pantropical distribution. Dolphins are directly caught for use as shark-bait in Sta. Ana and Aparri, Philippines (Ref. 77119). Minimum depth from Ref. 116169. Often seen near shore, along the outer continental shelf and in deep oceanic waters (Ref. 80620). Feeds in deep waterse (Ref. 122680). Feeds on mid-water fish, squid and crustaceans (Ref. 1394). Forms large social groups (Ref. 122680). Occasionally sighted with melon-headed whales, Peponocephala electra. (Ref. 80612).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Does not show strong evidence of seasonality in calving (Ref. 80616).
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
FAO - Fisheries: species profile | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 1.5 - 3.8, mean 1.8 (based on 2563 cells).
Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100)