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Lagenodelphis hosei   Fraser, 1956

Fraser's dolphin
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Delphinidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

Tan, J.M.L. 1995. (Ref. 936)

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 270 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1394); max. published weight: 210.0 kg (Ref. 1394)


Pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 500 - 1100 m (Ref. 80612)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 90°N - 90°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Atlantic Ocean and Indo-Pacific.

Short description

Robust. Short beak, subtriangular to weakly falcate dorsal fin, pointed flippers, and relatively small concave flukes. Dark bluish to brownish-gray dorsal cape, pale gray flank, and white to pinkish belly. Wide dark gray to black stripe extending from the eye to the anus, conspicuously set off by thin pale cream-colored borders.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Can also be seen near shore where deep water approaches the coast; pantropical distribution. Feeds on mid-water fish, squid and crustaceans (Ref. 1394). Dolphins are directly caught for use as shark-bait in Sta. Ana and Aparri, Philippines (Ref. 77119). Often seen near shore, along the outer continental shelf and in deep oceanic waters (Ref. 80620). Feeds on mid-water fish, squid and crustaceans (Ref. 1394). Occasionally sighted with melon-headed whales, Peponocephala electra. (Ref. 80612). Does not show strong evidence of seasonality in calving (Ref. 80616).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; bait: usually
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Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)