Species Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821)
- Delphinus truncatus Montagu, G. 1821. Description of a species of Delphinus (D. truncatus) which appears to be new. Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society, Edinburgh 3: 75-82, 337-350 .
Type data:Holotype BMNH 353–18.104.22.168 skull, Duncannon Pool, near Stoke Gabriel, River Dart, Devonshire, England.
- Tursiops maugeanus Iredale, T. & Troughton, E. le G. 1934. A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Memoirs of the Australian Museum 6: i-xii 1-122  [nom. nov. for the unnamed southern form of Tursiops tursio Auctorum described by Scott, H.H. & Lord, C.E 1919. Studies of Tasmanian Cetacea. Pt 1. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1919: 1–17 ].
Type data:Holotype whereabouts unknown, Tamar River, TAS.
Secondary source:Scott, H.H. & Lord, C.E 1919. Studies of Tasmanian Cetacea. Pt 1. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 1919: 1-17; Hershkovitz, P. 1966. Catalog of living whales. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 246: viii 1-259.
Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy
- Hershkovitz, P. 1966. Catalog of living whales. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 246: viii 1-259  (see also for synonyms based on non-Australian material)
- Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821).
New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
Extra Distribution Information
Circumglobal in tropical and temperate waters; rarely seen in pelagic environments or shallower waters (see Van Dyck & Strahan 2008: 839).
Timor Transition (1), Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Tasman Basin Province (13), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Timor Province (2), Cape Province (20), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Transition (3), Bass Strait Shelf Province (35), Northwest Province (4), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8), West Tasmania Transition (9)
Continental shelf, gregarious, oceanic, pelagic, predator.
Extra Ecological Information
Diet mainly fish or squid.
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Common Name References
ABRS 2001. Census of Australian Vertebrates. Australian Biological Resources Study. (Bottlenose Dolphin)
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