Marine Mammals Information Database :Illustrated Guide of Marine Mammals

Pacific white-sided dolphin

Scientific Name : Lagenorhynchus obliquidens / Japanese Name : kama-iruka

Pacific white-sided dolphin


Order Cetartiodactyla
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Delphinidae
Genus Lagenorhynchus
Species obliquidens
Subspecies -
Subtype -
CITES Appendix II IUCN RedData Status Least Concern
Baleen plates or tooth-Upper jaw - Baleen plates or tooth-Lower jaw -
At birth At weaning Adult Adult male Adult female
Body length - - 7.0-7.5ft - -
Body weight - - 150kg - -
Feature and Habit
They have a short head and beak. The flippers are long and tapered toward the tip. The dorsal fin locates almost middle of the body, and is high, falcated, separately colored like edge of a sickle. Color pattern of the body is well defined; black dorsally, grayish white laterally at the flipper and striped white parts along the body sides. The ventral side is white. The beak is black. A dark stripe runs between the mouth and the flipper. In general, they inhabit in offshore waters. They distribute in the deep sea in the coastal area. They make large pods.
Stranding Record(s) in Japan

Marine Mammals Skull Database

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Sex - Reproductive Condition -
Body length - Locality -
Museum No. - Other No. -

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