Category of Organisms Marine Mammals
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Sousa
Species chinensis
Binomial Name
Sousa chinensis
Author Osbeck, 1765
Common Name Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, Chinese White Dolphin, Speckled Dolphin
Local Name  
Size Range
2-2.8 m
Environment/Habitat
Humpback dolphins occur in tropical to warm temperate coastal waters, including open coasts and bays with depths about 20 m, coastal lagoons, rocky and/or coral reefs, mangrove swamps and estuarine areas (Ross et al. 1994, Jefferson and Karczmarski 2001, Ross 2002). They are rarely encountered more than a few kilometres from shore. They sometimes enter rivers, but rarely move more than a few kilometres upstream and usually remain within the range of tidal influence.
Importance/Value
 
Resilience
 
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
Distribution
 
Morphology/Character
Pale, very long snout, wide dorsal hump (up to 30% of total length) with small dorsal fin. Robust, stocky. Forehead clearly demarcated from long snout, but no fold. Flippers wide, triangle, with rounded tips. Dorsal and ventral ridges on peduncle of tail. Colouration varies depending upon population, age and individuals. Dorsally brown-grey, pale-grey, pinkish-white, ventrally paler. Some adults spotted.
Biology
Feeding habits is shoaling fish (sardines, breams, herring, plaice, goatfish), occasionally cephalopods and river crabs.
Miscellaneaous
 
Status in IUCN Red List Critically Endangered (CR)
Status in CITES Species Database II
Researcher(s)  
Reference(s)
WHALES & DOLPHINS CETACEAN WORLD GUIDE, RALF KIEFNER, PUBLISHED BY IKAN, Page: 248

Other Link(s)
Collection Record