Category of Organisms Marine Mammals
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae
Genus Tursiops
Species aduncus
Binomial Name
Tursiops aduncus
Author Ehrenberg, 1833
Common Name Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin
Local Name  
Size Range
Max length of 2.6 m it is markedly smaller. males somewhat larger than female (sexual dimorphism) and weigh up to 230 kilograms (510 lb)
Environment/Habitat
Inshore in tropical to temperature waters of the Indian Ocean and connecting seas

Importance/Value
 
Resilience
 
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
Distribution
 
Morphology/Character
Slender body, very similar to its closets relatives (BottlenoseDolphins). Jawlines differ from most other species of dolphin in that they are turned upwards slightly into a “permanent smile”. Large  falcate dorsal fin. Flippers are relatively long, narrow and have pointed ends. Back edge of fluke is concave with a well developed median notch. Adolescent animals lack the spotted pattern on ventral side, which becomes clearly noticeable when the animals mature. most have a grey band running from the base of the tail to the eyes, and another one from the middle of the snout over the melon to the blowhole.
Biology
The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin also has more teeth than the Common Bottlenose Dolphin — 23 to 29 teeth on each side of each jaw for the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, compared to 21 to 24 for the Common Bottlenose Dolphin

Miscellaneaous
 
Status in IUCN Red List Data Deficient (DD)
Status in CITES Species Database II
Researcher(s)  
Reference(s)
RALF KIEFNER, WHALES & DOLPHINS CETACEAN WORLD GUIDE,  PUBLISHED BY IKAN, Page: 222-226
Other Link(s)
Collection Record