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Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Delphinidae
GENUS: Sotalia
SPECIES: fluviatilis

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Salt and freshwater

HABITAT: Rivers, lakes and warm coastal marine waters of South and Central America

LENGTH (maximum): 5-7 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 104-117lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Franciscana, Bottlenose Dolphins

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Franciscana, Amazon river 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: River dams, trapped in fishing gear, boat traffic, pollution.

DIET: 28 species of fish

MANNER OF FEEDING: Follow prey into shallow water and then surface to eat it.

BEHAVIOR: Small close-knit groups. Likes to somersault, spy hop, leap, splash and surf on the wakes from boats.

REPRODUCTION: Gestation is 10 months. Give birth according to river flood season, give birth when there is a large supply of food.

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • There are 2 subspecies, one lives in the ocean and the other lives is rivers and lakes.
  • The freshwater species is smaller and is slightly pink.

 

SOURCES:

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

-TSF-

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