Mammalia | Cetartiodactyla
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 1316 m (Ref. 116169). Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E
Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean and Black Sea. Tropical to temperate.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 240 - 260 cm Max length : 380 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 650.0 kg (Ref. 1394)
Preyed upon by great white sharks (Ref. 32140). Dolphins are directly caught for use as shark-bait in Sta. Ana and Aparri, Philippines (Ref. 77119). Found primarily in coastal and inshore regions of tropical and temperate waters of the world (Ref. 936) and deeper channels between islands (Ref. 122680). Also inhabits pelagic waters, such as those in the eastern tropical Pacific (Ref. 936). In herds of less than 20 individuals (Ref. 801). Feeds either cooperatively or in solitary. They can obtain prey via 'fish whacking' and steering fish onto mudflats (Ref. 122680). Feeds on fish (Refs. 801, 936) crustaceans, and cephalopods (Ref. 801).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
FAO - Fisheries: landings, species profile | FishSource | Sea Around Us
Estimates of some properties based on models
): 6.4 - 28.9, mean 20.3 (based on 16698 cells).
High to very high vulnerability (67 of 100).