Platanista gangetica   (Lebeck,  1801) (Dolphin)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Mammalia

Size: 2.3-2.6 m in length; their un-notched tail measures 46 cm from tip to tip; beak measures 18-21 cm.

Color: Dark gray to black in color with lighter coloring on their ventral sides.

They have 28-29 teeth on either side of their jaws, and a steeply-sloped forehead; a dorsal fin ridge-like; pectoral fins are squared instead of tapered on the ends; do not have neck mobility, and, lacking a lens, their eyesight is very poor, incapable of forming images on the retina, this is likely due to the muddy waters they inhabit making acute eyesight unnecessary.
They are able to detect light and locate prey mainly using echolocation.

Synonym (s)
Delphinorhynchus gangeticus Lesson, 1827
Delphinus gangetica Roxburgh, 1801
Delphinus rostrats F. Cuvier, 1836
Delphinus rostratus Shaw, 1801
Delphinus schawensis F. Cuvier, 1836
Delphinus shawensis Blainville, 1817
Platanista indi Blyth, 1859
Platanista minor Owen, 1853
Soosoo gangeticus Hamilton, 1837
Susa planista Wagler, 1830
Susu platanista Lesson, 1828

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Bengal, Ganges Estuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Karuppiah, S; Subramanian, A and Obbard, JP (2005) Organochlorine residues in odontocete species from the southeast coast of India Chemosphere Elsevier 66(7) 891-897 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • WWF India Available at -
  • MarineBio Available at -

Page last updated on:2013-01-10

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