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Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Phocenidae
GENUS: Neophocaena
SPECIES: phocaenoides

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater/freshwater

HABITAT: Shallow waters along the coast of Asia and other Indonesian islands. Also found in Yangtze river.

LENGTH (maximum): 5-7 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 160 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Irrawaddy dolphin

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Irrawaddy dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, Yangtze river dolphin

PREDATORS: Humans, large whales, killer whales

This species is classified as VULNERABLE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as VULNERABLE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: Trapped in fishing nets, habitat degradation, pollution.

DIET: Fish, shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, octopus.

MANNER OF FEEDING: Unknown

BEHAVIOR: Travel in groups of 2-5. Rarely follows fast vessels to swim in the wakes. Doesn’t leap out of the water. Likes to roll at the surface.

REPRODUCTION: Gestation is 11 months. Weaned at 7 months. Females give birth every 2 years.

LIFE SPAN: At least 33 years

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • No dorsal fin.
  • Population is decreasing.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002

 

-TSF-

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