Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

Pantropical Spotted Whale

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyDelphinidae
GenusStenella
Binomial nameStenella attenuata

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The Pantropical spotted dolphin has a slender body, with a narrow beak and whitish lips.

There is a crease between the beak and the melon, and a dark stripe from the beak to the flipper.

They grow from 5.2-8.5 ft (1.6-2.6m) with weights of 265 lb. They are heavily spotted on the sides with a gray cape on the dorsal side and a light underside.

The Pantropical spotted dolphin was one of the species caught most by tuna fisherman in the past.