Category of Organisms Marine Mammals
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Stenella
Species attenuata
Binomial Name
Stenella attenuata
Author Gray, 1846
Common Name Pantropical spotted dolphin
Local Name  
Size Range
Birth length is 80-90 cm. Adults are about 2.5 m long and weigh 120 kg

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
Broadly speaking the Dolphin has a long thin beak. The upper and lower jaws are darkly coloured but are separated by thin white "lips". The chin, throat and belly are white to pale grey with a limited amount of spots. The flanks are separated into three distinct bands of colour — the lightest at the bottom, followed by a thin grey strip in the middle of the flank and a dark grey back. The tall concave dorsal fin is similarly coloured. The thick tail stock matches the colour of the middle band.

Biology
Sexual maturity is reached at 10 years in females and 12 years in males.
Miscellaneaous
 
Status in IUCN Red List Least Concern (LC)
Status in CITES Species Database I
Researcher(s)  
Reference(s)
WHALES & DOLPHINS CETACEAN WORLD GUIDE, RALF KIEFNER, PUBLISHED BY IKAN, Page: 248

 
Other Link(s)
Collection Record