PORT PHILLIP BAY


Bottlenose Dolphin 

Tursiops truncatus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Mammalia
Order:
Cetacea
Family:
Delphinidae
Genus:
Tursiops
Species:
truncatus

General Description

Upper body dark to light grey, fading to white underneath. Beak short and wide with 21-29 pairs of teeth in each jaw. Mouth curves upwards. Up to 3.1 m long.

Biology

Bottlenose Dolphins live in groups of less than 20. They eat a range of food, mostly fish and squid. They are usually found in offshore locations in the Bass Strait region, and are very rarely seen in Port Phillip.

Humans interactions include:
Common in captivity, where they are often trained to perform for humans.

Habitat

Open water, bays and occasionally tidal areas of rivers.

Open water

Distribution guide

Worldwide.

Species Group

Mammals Whales and dolphins

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

Surface Midwater

Max Size

3.1 m

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Recorded in Australia

Conservation Status

  • CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)
  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least concern

Author

article author Fitzgerald, E.

Dr. Erich Fitzgerald is a Senior Curator of palaeontology at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Jefferies, R.

Dr. Ryan Jefferies is a volunteer online editor at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Fitzgerald, E. & Jefferies, R., 2011, Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/4214

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