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Peponocephala electra   (Gray, 1846)

Melon-headed whale

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Peponocephala electra  AquaMaps  Data sources: GBIF OBIS
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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; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 1815 m (Ref. 116169).  Tropical; 17°C - 28°C (Ref. 75906); 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific. Tropical to temperate.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 1.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 275 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 936); max. published weight: 275.0 kg (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Forms large social groups. Feeds on deep waters (Ref. 122680), on squid and small fish (Ref. 1394). Males could be fertile during August to October (Ref. 97371).

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

Calving was estimated to have a 2-year interval (Ref. 97371).

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)

  Least Concern (LC) ; Date assessed: 14 February 2019

CITES status (Ref. 108899)


CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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

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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): 2.5 - 14.4, mean 4.9 (based on 3755 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown