Commerson’s dolphin (Cephalorhynchus commersonii)

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Commerson's dolphin breaching surface of water
IUCN Red List species status – Data Deficient DATA
DEFICIENT

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  • There are 2 subspecies of Commerson’s dolphin which have ranges separated by 8,500 km.
  • Though often solitary, Commerson’s dolphins have been seen in larger groups of 20 to 30 or more individuals, and can hunt cooperatively.
  • Commerson’s dolphins have a well developed sense of hearing, which aids hunting in murky waters.
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Commerson’s dolphin fact file

Commerson’s dolphin description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCetartiodactyla
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusCephalorhynchus (1)

Information on the Commerson’s dolphin is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Piebald dolphin.
French
Dauphin De Commerson.
Spanish
Delfín De Commerson, Jacobita, Tunina Overa.
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Commerson’s dolphin status

Classified as Data Deficient (DD) on the IUCN Red List (1) and listed on Appendix II of CITES (2).

IUCN Red List species status – Data Deficient

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (September, 2008)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  2. CITES (September, 2008)
    http://www.cites.org
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