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Sousa chinensis   (Osbeck, 1765)

Pacific humpback dolphin
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic-oceanic; amphidromous (Ref. 75906); brackish; depth range 0 - 500 m, usually 1 - 100 m.  Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 18°E - 155°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific, Southeast Atlantic and Asia Inland Waters. [eastern Taiwan Strait population: IUCN 2010 (Ref. 84930): CR, C2a(ii).]

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 235.0, range 200 - 250 cm Max length : 320 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); 250 cm TL (female); max. published weight: 284.0 kg (Ref. 1394)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabit tropical to warm temperate coastal waters and they enter rivers, estuaries, and mangroves. Feeding is primarily on nearshore, estuaries and reef fish (Ref. 1394). Inhabits tropical to warm temperate coastal waters and they enter rivers, estuaries, and mangroves (Ref. 1394). Usually in groups of 10 or fewer individuals (Ref. 801). Feeding is primarily on nearshore, estuaries, specifically on reef fish (Ref. 1394). Feeds on bony fishes (Ref. 85079) and squids (Ref. 80529). Great white shark Carcharodon carcharias is reported to be its potential predator (Ref. 104929).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. (Ref. 1394)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Threat to humans

Human uses

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

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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