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Peale’s Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus australis)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: Lagenorhynchus
SPECIES: australis

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Along the coast of southern South America

LENGTH (maximum): 7Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): Unknown

RELATIVE SPECIES: Dusky Dolphin, White-sided dolphins, hourglass dolphin

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Dusky dolphin, Chilean dolphin, Commerson’s dolphin

PREDATORS: Humans

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

THREATS: Occasionally caught in fishing gear

DIET: Squid, octopus, crabs, shrimp, small bottom dwelling fish

MANNER OF FEEDING: Weaving throughout the kelp searching for food. Feed in straight lines or large circular formations. Sometimes create a “flower” shape and create a whirlpool while feeding.

BEHAVIOR: Breaching, spyhopping, head slapping. Somewhat slow moving. Patrolling parallel to the shore in shallow waters. Are often seen in groups of 2-20 and with Commerson’s dolphin.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • Very rare, only found in a small distribution.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002
  • http://www.cms.int/reports/small_cetaceans/data/L_australis/L_australis.htm

 

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