Marine Mammals Information Database :Illustrated Guide of Marine Mammals

Harbour porpoise

Scientific Name : Phocoena phocoena / Japanese Name : nezumi-iruka


Order Cetacea
Suborder Odontoceti
Family Phocoenidae
Genus Phocoena
Species phocoena
Subspecies -
Subtype -
CITES Appendix II IUCN RedData Status Least Concern
Baleen plates or tooth-Upper jaw 23-26 Baleen plates or tooth-Lower jaw -
At birth At weaning Adult Adult male Adult female
Body length 2.5-3.0ft 3.5-4ft 4.5-6ft - -
Body weight - - 60-9-kg - -
Feature and Habit
The dorsal fin is broad based, low, and triangular. The flippers are small. The dorsal side, the flippers, the fluks and the tail stock are black or brown. The lateral side is gray and the ventral white. Tooth counts ranges 23-26 in each tooth row. They inhabit coastal areas, of gulfs, estuaries, and along rivers. They are often seen on the offshore bank.
Stranding Record(s) in Japan

Marine Mammals Skull Database

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Sex M Reproductive Condition -
Body length 120.5 Locality Nemuro, Hokkaido
Museum No. - Other No. -

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