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SPECIES Lagenorhynchus obscurus

Author:Gray, 1828.
Citation:Spicil. Zool., 1: 2.
Common Name:Dusky Dolphin
Type Locality:South Africa, Western Cape Prov., "Inhab. Cape of Good Hope".
Distribution:Southern hemisphere: cold-temperate continental waters.
Status:CITES Appendix II; IUCN Data Deficient.
Comments:Included in cruciger by Hershkovitz (1966a:65), but considered a distinct species by Rice (1977), Brownell (l974), and Mitchell (l975a). Previously reported from Kerguelen Isls, reidentified as young specimen of Cephalorhynchus commersonii (Robineau, 1989). Rice (1998:114) recognized L. o. obscurus (South African Dusky Dolphin), L. o. fitzroyi (South American Dusky Dolphin) and an un-named subspecies (New Zealand Dusky Dolphin).
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SUBSPECIES obscurus

SUBSPECIES fitzroyi

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