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Spectacled Porpoise (Phocoena dioptrica)

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PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Cetacea
FAMILY: Phocenidae
GENUS: Phocoena
SPECIES: dioptrica

TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed

FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH: Saltwater

HABITAT: Coastal and offshore waters of the southern hemisphere. Cold temperate waters.

LENGTH (maximum): 6-8 Ft

WEIGHT (maximum): 187-250 lbs

RELATIVE SPECIES: Burmeister’s porpoise, Vaquita

NEIGHBORING SPECIES: Commersons dolphin, Chilean dolphin, Burmeister’s porpoise

PREDATORS: Humans

This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN's Red List.
This species is classified as DATE INCOMPLETE according to the IUCN’s Red List.

THREATS: trapped in gillnets and trawls. Rarely hunted for food. Not much is known about their conservation status.

DIET: Anchovies and small crustaceans

MANNER OF FEEDING: Unknown

BEHAVIOR: Travel in groups of 2 or 3. Not very gregarious.

REPRODUCTION: Unknown

LIFE SPAN: Unknown

COOL/GROSS/WEIRD:

  • Very little is known about them. They have only been spotted a few times.
  • Their name comes from black patches around their eyes that look like spectacles.

SOURCES:

  • Knopf, Alfred A. Guide to Marine Mammals of the World.Random House. 2002

 

 

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