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Peponocephala electra   (Gray, 1846)

melon-headed whale
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic; non-migratory (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 155 m (Ref. 102385).  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 257.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 275 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 936); max. published weight: 275.0 kg (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Feeds on squid and small fish (Ref. 1394). Feeds on squid and small fish (Ref. 1394). Calving was estimated to have a 2-year interval (Ref. 97371). 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. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
FAO(fisheries: | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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References
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | PubMed | Scirus | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Very high vulnerability (90 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown