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  Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)





Pantropical Spotted Dolphin | Stenella attenuata photo
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Image by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin | Stenella attenuata photo
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Image by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



MAMMAL FACTS

Description
The Pantropical Spotted Dolphin is gray and develops spots on the skin as it grows older. The back is gray with pale spots, and the belly is pale with dark spots. The snout is white and it has a fatty bump on its forehead. Males are larger than females although females have longer beak. The Spotted Dolphin has 29 - 37 small, rounded teeth on either side of its upper and lower jaws.

Size
Length: males1.6m - 2.6m; females 1.7m - 2.5m

Habitat
tropical and subtropical ocean and seas. Most live in open ocean, although some are found in coastal areas.

Food
fish, squid

Breeding
A single calf (rarely twins) is born after a gestation period of juts under 12 months. The calf is weaned after about 1.5 years or longer.

Range
Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/conservation dependent".

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Delphinidae
Genus:Stenella
Species:attenuata
Common Name:Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Relatives in same Genus
  Striped Dolphin (S. coeruleoalba)
  Spinner Dolphin (S. longirostris)