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Stenella coeruleoalba   (Meyen, 1833)

striped dolphin
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 2400 m (Ref. 83346).  Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Circumglobal. Tropical and temperate waters.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 218.0  range ? - ? cm Max length : 260 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 156.0 kg (Ref. 1394)

Short description Morphology

Dorsal cape: muted blue or bluish-gray. Eye to anus flipper stripes: darker blue or bluish-black. Dark stripe subtending the eye-to-anus stripe usually present. Some individuals have distinct subtending stripe from the eye-to-anus stripe at its origin near the eye, while others the two fuse farther behind the eye only to bifurcate further posteriorly.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits warm waters (Ref. 1394). Depth range based on depth reported in Angola (Ref. 83346). Feeds on small, mid-water squid and fish, especially lanternfish (Ref. 1394). Preyed upon by the great white shark (Ref. 36856) and blue sharks (Ref. 50255). A warm water species (Ref. 1394). Occasionally occurs in neritic habitats. Abundant in offshore and erratic over the shelf of Bay of Biscay (Ref. 81175). Feeds on small, mid-water squid and fish, especially lanternfish (Ref. 1394). Although an oceanic species, they make temporary incursions over neritic and coastal habitats to feed. Oceanic prey are from mesopelagic community while neritic prey are mostly epibenthic (Ref. 81175). Sexual dimorphism: 2 to 3 years. Sexual maturity: between 7 to 15 years, 220 cm mean body length for males; between 5 to 13 years, 212 cm mean body length for females. Gestation: 12 to 13 months. Nursing: up to 1.5 years. Female fecundity decreases at around age 30. Maximum age: estimated at 57.5 years (Ref. 81206).

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

Sexual dimorphism: 2 to 3 years. Sexual maturity: between 7 to 15 years, 220 cm mean body length for males; between 5 to 13 years, 212 cm mean body length for females. Gestation: 12 to 13 months. Nursing: up to 1.5 years. Female fecundity decreases at around age 30. Maximum age: estimated at 57.5 years.

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)

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 (84 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown