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Lagenorhynchus obscurus   (Gray, 1828)

dusky dolphin

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

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

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

Pelagic.  Temperate; 0°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific and the Antarctic: Lagenorhynchus obscurus fitzroyi: Peru, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Gough Island; Lagenorhynchus obscurus obscurus: Angola, South Africa, Prince Edward Island, Amsterdam; Lagenorhynchus obscurus subspecies.: New Zealand, Kerguelen, Crozet Island (Ref. 1522).

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 210 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 80.0 kg (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found over the continental shelf and slope. Feeds on southern anchovy and mid-water benthic prey such as squid and lantern fishes (Ref. 1394). Found over the continental shelf and slope. Feeds on southern anchovy and mid-water benthic prey such as squid and lantern fishes (Ref. 1394). Observed to have a common New Zealand octopus Pinnoctopus cordiformis attached to its dorsal area and caudal peduncle at different encounters. One encounter reported a group of dolphins to seem to be playing with the octopus. The dolphins were observed pulling and biting chunks from the octopus’s arms but not from its mantle; it was unclear if the tissue was eaten (Ref. 122722).

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. 123251)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 16 August 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): 2.3 - 15.7, mean 8 (based on 4176 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)