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Neophocaena phocaenoides   (Cuvier, 1829)

finless porpoise
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Classification Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Mammalia | Cetacea | Phocoenidae

Main reference References | Biblio | Coordinator | Collaborators

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

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 227 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81030)


Pelagic; anadromous (Ref. 75906); depth range 0 - 250 m (Ref. 356)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 90°N - 7°S, 46°E - 130°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-West Pacific and Asia Inland Waters: Neophocaena phocaenoides phocaenoides: Persian Gulf, South China Sea, East China Sea, Indonesia, Philippines, Turtle Islands, Sulu Sea; Neophocaena phocaenoides sunameri: China, Korea, Japan, East China Sea; Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis: Yangtze River, China (Ref. 1522). Found in tropical to warm temperate coastal waters (Ref. 81021).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in both fresh and marine. Feeds on small fishes, squids and shrimps; also ingests some plant material including leaves and rice (Ref. 1394). In 2006, a population survey was able to record a total of 300 individuals of Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis, as experts provide an estimate of 1,400 individuals based on the said survey. This is considered a 50% decline from the survey done in 1991 (Ref. 85336). Found in tropical to warm temperate coastal waters, i.e., shallow bays, mangrove swamps, estuaries and large rivers, but mainly prefers estuarine waters (Ref. 81021). Occurs singly, in pairs, or in small groups of up to 12 individuals. Not as showy as other dolphins; though, they are occasionally seen breaking the surface in calm seas (Ref. 801). Feeds on small fishes, squids and shrimps; also ingests some plant materials including leaves and rice (Ref. 1394).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)

  Vulnerable (VU) (A2cde)

CITES status (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

Human uses

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

More information

Common names
Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | Check for other websites | Check FishWatcher | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(fisheries: species profile; publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | ispecies | National databases | PubMed | Scirus | Sea Around Us | FishBase | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimation of some characteristics with mathematical models

Vulnerability (Ref. 71543)
Moderate vulnerability (41 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)