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Scientific name: Tursiops anducus
Common name: Bottlenose dolphin
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Chordata Vertebrata Mammalia Theriformes Cete Cetacea Delphinidae Delphininae Tursiops Tursiops anducus

       

Short Description:

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins are very similar to common bottlenose dolphins in appearance. Common bottlenose dolphins have a reasonably strong body, moderate-length beak, and tall curved dorsal fins whereas Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins are have a more slender body build and their beak is longer and more slender.The Indo-Pacific population also tends to have a somewhat lighter blue colour and the cape is generally more distinct with a light spinal blaze extending to below the dorsal fin.2 However, although not always present, the most obvious distinction came be made with the presence of black spots or flecks on the bellies of adults of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins which are very rare in common bottlenose dolphins.Their teeth can number between 23 and 29 in each upper and lower jaw and are more slender than those of common bottlenose dolphins

   
Identification
features:
Its back is dark-grey and belly is lighter grey or nearly white with grey spots 
Size: Grows to 2.6 metres long, and weigh up to 230 kilograms
Behaviour: Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins live in groups that can number in the hundreds, but groups of 5 to 15 dolphins are most common. In some parts of their range they associate with the Common Bottlenose Dolphin.It also associates with other dolphin species, such as the humpback dolphin
Distribution: It lives in the waters around India, northern Australia, South China, the Red Sea, and the eastern coast of Africa
Diet: Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins feed on a wide variety of fish and cephalopods (particularly squid).
Habitat: Pelagic
Reference:
  •  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
Similar Species:
  • None on database

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