Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

CAVS: 1899

Species Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1832)

Long-beaked Bottle-nosed Dolphin

  • Delphinus catalania Gray, J.E. 1862. Notice of a new species of dolphin (Delphinus catalania), discovered in North Australia by Mr John Macgillivray. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1862: 143-145 [143].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) BMNH 2 skulls, off Cape Melville, NE QLD.
    Secondary source:
     Hershkovitz, P. 1966. Catalog of living whales. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 246: viii 1-259.
  • Delphinus aduncus Ehrenberg, C.G. in Hemprich, W. & Ehrenberg, C.G. 1832. Footnote 1 [last page of fascile headed "Herpestes leucurus H.E."]. Symbolae Phisicae Mammalia 2: ftn 1 [ftn 1].


Generic Combinations

  • Tursiops truncatus aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1832).
  • Tursiops aduncus (Ehrenberg, 1832).




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Western Shelf Transition (28), Central Western Shelf Province (29), Southwest Shelf Transition (30), Spencer Gulf Shelf Province (33), Western Bass Strait Shelf Transition (34), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Tasmanian Shelf Province (36), Southeast Shelf Transition (37), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

General References

Connor, R.C., Heithaus, M.R. & Barre, L.M. 1999. Superalliance of bottlenose dolphins. Nature 397: 571-572

Krützen, M., Mann, J., Heithaus, M.R., Connor, R.C., Bejder, L. & Sherwin, W.B. 2005. Cultural transmission of tool use in bottlenose dolphins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102: 8939-8943

Möller, L.M., Allen, S.J. & Harcourt, R.G. 2002. Group size, site fidelity and abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Port Stephens and Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy 24: 11-21


Common Name References

Clayton, M., Wombey, J.C., Mason, I.J., Chesser, R.T. & Wells, A. 2006. CSIRO List of Australian Vertebrates: A Reference with Conservation Status. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing iv 162 pp. [116] (Long-beaked Bottle-nosed Dolphin)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Dec-2010 21-Nov-2013 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)