Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54028

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Delphinidae
Genus:Delphinus
Genus species:Delphinus delphis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.1-2.6 m
Weight:75 kg
Identification:The back of the common dolphin is black or brown, and the chest and belly are cream to white in color. This dolphin also has a unique hourglass pattern that is tan and pales to gray on its flanks. It has black stripes from the flipper to the lower jaw and from the eye to the base of its beak.
Habitat:Temperate and tropical oceans
Diet:Carnivore: fish, squid
Reproduction:Dolphins are born in the summer after a gestation period of 10-11 months.
Twenty to over a hundred dolphins will gather in pods, forming a hierarchy. These pods may join others to form large schools.
Behavior:Highly intelligent and social, dolphins love to play and are very active.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There have been reports of dolphins helping others that have been injured.

Other Information

Geographic:Worldwide Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Common dolphin
sea mammal
Delphinus
Dolphins
Delphinidae
Toothed whales
Whales
Cetacea
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Marine mammals
Aquatic mammals
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54028