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.
Length: males1.6m - 2.6m; females 1.7m - 2.5m
tropical and subtropical ocean and seas. Most live in open ocean, although some are found in coastal areas.
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.
Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/conservation dependent".
|Common Name:||Pantropical Spotted Dolphin|
Relatives in same Genus
Striped Dolphin (S. coeruleoalba)
Spinner Dolphin (S. longirostris)